Jayson Velez Looking To Play Spoiler Against Oscar Valdez
A former title contender, Jayson Velez is considered the underdog in his fight against Oscar Valdez. Competing tonight, July 21 from inside the MGM Grand Conference Center, Velez is is looking to flip the script in a big way.
Velez (29-6-1) recently spoke to Boxing Scene regarding his upcoming matchup. Valdez (27-0) is a –2000 favorite while Velez is the +1000 underdog. A former WBO Featherweight Champion, Valdez is looking to face WBC Super-Featherweight Champion Miguel Berchelt. If Velez had a say, he would insert himself into that title picture.
“He’s underestimating me,” Velez stated. “They are talking too much about fighting Berchelt, but I will destroy that plan. I will beat Valdez, and then I will go for Berchelt. They’re talking too much. They’re secure in that they will beat me, and that’s not gonna happen. When I fought ‘JuanMa’ Lopez, it was the same. He was talking about fighting [Yuriorkis] Gamboa and a rematch against [Orlando] Salido. I ruined that plan, and I will do the same with Valdez.”
At 32, Velez made his boxing debut in 2007. He went on a 24-fight unbeaten streak before losing to Ronny Rios in 2015 for the vacant WBO Silver Featherweight Title. Velez would lose his next three in a row before going 6-2 in his last eight. “La Maravilla” last fought in February, losing to Jamie Arboleda via split decision.
Valdez turned pro in 2012. Winning the WBO-NABO Featherweight Title from Evgeny Gradovich, Valdez beat Matias Rueda for the vacant WBO Featherweight Title, defending it six times. He has since beaten fighters like Miguel Marriaga, Scott Quigg, and Carmine Tommasone. He last fought in November, beating Adam Lopez via TKO.
Bob Arum is hoping for a Valdez v. Berchelt matchup but didn’t seem to have a plan for Velez. With 21 wins via knockout, Velez is ready to prove he is also capable of competing and impressing when it matters most.
“He thinks that he will pass this test, but that’s not gonna happen,” Velez went on to say. “I’m gonna show that I’m better than him. I am bigger than him and this weight class is mine. I will prove that.”