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UPDATE: Oscar Valdez rebooked for February 2nd

Valdez was set to return on January 12th

Oscar Valdez v Hiroshige Osawa Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

Oscar Valdez may not, in fact, return to the ring on January 12th. ESPN reports that there is a “possibility” that the event, slated to take place in Valdez’s native Tucson, Arizona, has been scrapped in favor of Valdez appearing on the February 2nd Eleider Alvarez-Sergey Kovalev II card in Frisco, Texas.

If this does wind up being the case, it would be Valdez’s (24-0, 19 KO) sixth fight in Texas and his first since a 2015 knockout of Jose Ramirez (no, not that one) in Laredo.

The original plan was for Valdez to take a tune-up in January and then fight the winner of this weekend’s Josh Warrington-Carl Frampton fight in an April unification match. Though putting Valdez on Alvarez-Kovalev II seems like a smart move from a promotional standpoint and gives Top Rank time to scrounge up a more credible tune-up foe, it does foul up the timeline a bit. Fingers crossed they still try to put that matchup together.

UPDATE: It’s official. Valdez will fight unbeaten Italian Carmine Tommasone.

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