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Oscar Valdez © Gallo Images

Three WBO title fights in California



There will be three WBO title fights at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on Saturday night, with Mexico’s Oscar Valdez defending his WBO featherweight belt against the hard-hitting Miguel Marriaga in the main event.

The 26-year-old Valdez, who has a record of 21-0; 19, won the vacant WBO belt in July last year when he stopped Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda in the second round and then made a successful defence four months later when he won on a seventh-round technical knockout over Hiroshige Osawa.

Valdez was an outstanding amateur representing Mexico at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. He did not win a medal at the Olympics but in more than 200 amateur fights he won a number of medals in international bouts.

Miguel Marriaga, 30, who has a record 25-1; 21, will be having his second crack at trying to win a world title. In June 2016 he lost on points to Nicholas Walters in a challenge for the WBA featherweight belt.

This is a good match-up with both fighters having high percentage knockout records, but the classy Valdez could win on a hard-earned points decision or a late stoppage.

Gilberto Ramirez (34-0; 24), another quality fighter from Mexico, should have enough to keep his WBO super-middleweight belt against the southpaw Max Bursak (33-4-1; 15) from the Ukraine.

The third title bout on the bill features Las Vegas southpaw Jessie Magdaleno (24-0; 17) defending his WBO junior featherweight belt against the rugged Brazilian Adeilson Dos Santos (18-2; 14).

Also on the bill is the southpaw Shakur Stevenson, a silver medallist at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, who meets Edgar Brito (3-2-1; 2) in his professional debut. The bout is at featherweight and scheduled for six rounds.



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