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Oscar Valdez set for July return to action

The former featherweight titlist will look to set up a potential fight with Miguel Berchelt later this year.

Oscar Valdez v Miguel Marriaga
CARSON, CA - APRIL 22: Oscar Valdez of Mexico celebrates a 12th round unanimous decision over Miguel Marriaga of Colombia during the WBO Featherweight World Championship at StubHub Center on April 22, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Photo by Harry How/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Former featherweight titleholder Oscar Valdez is on the hunt for a shot at WBC junior lightweight titlist Miguel Berchelt, and it looks like both should be back in action soon.

Berchelt (37-1, 33 KO) is going to return in June, fighting in Mexico, while Valdez (27-0, 21 KO) is reportedly set for a July return in Las Vegas on a Top Rank ESPN card, according to ESPN.com.

The 29-year-old Valdez vacated his WBO featherweight title last year to move up in weight, where he struggled pretty seriously against late notice opponent Adam Lopez, but got a controversial seventh round stoppage win.

Valdez has been a changed fighter since his 2018 war with Scott Quigg, where Valdez suffered a broken jaw, and when he returned after 11 months off, he was working with trainer Eddy Reynoso and trying to fine-tune his game to box more and brawl less. His opposition since the return has been middling, so the jury remains out on how his approach will work at a higher level.

That higher level shouldn’t be expected in the next fight, either, for many reasons. But a big one is that Top Rank would definitely like to protect the Berchelt-Valdez fight, which could be a strong hit with Mexican fans, and could also be a great fight, plain and simple.

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