Last weekend, Oscar Valdez Fierro managed to fulfill one of his greatest dreams of a lifetime by becoming a world champion of the World Boxing Council defeating one of the strongest fighters in recent years.
During the fight, Oscar showed bravery, courage, intelligence and a lot of maturity to dominate rival Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt. That same night, Valdez managed to show us that if we are convinced and fight with all our determination, our dreams are possible, no matter how impossible they may seem.
Yesterday, WBC representatives paid a surprise visit to Oscar to present him the belt that accredits him as the new 130 pounds champion of the World Boxing Council.
Oscar, with a big smile, appreciated the opportunity, dedicated emotional words and kissed the belt as soon as he had it in his hands.
The family of the World Boxing Council congratulates in a special way the fighter originally from Nogales, Sonora. We are sure he will be a worthy representative of the values of the WBC, as Oscar has always distinguished himself by being a true champion inside and outside the ring.
With a huge smile, new WBC super featherweight champion, Oscar Valdez tenderly embraced the Green and Gold Belt with a kiss, when it was presented to him in a prompt surprise Ceremony.
“I feel deeply moved and happy. I have dreamed of this belt since I was 8 years old and today it is here in my hands. I would like to thank so many people because without them I would not be here, my dad, my family, my dear Roy Herrera and Arturo Elias Ayub who helped me to crystallize the dream of being in the Olympic Games. Eddy Reynoso who has been my mentor, my friend, my manager Frank Espinoza, of course to Mr. Mauricio Sulaimán, who has always given me all his support and to my dear Don José, a man who trusted me since he met me in 2012 and whom I promised I would become World Champion.”
Oscar dedicated this triumph in a very special way to his former coach, Professor Bonilla, who recently passed away and whom he remembered with genuine and deep affection, as his teachings led him to be the boxer that he is today.
Oscar revealed that from the moment that the fight became official, he knew for sure that it would be a war, because the quality of Miguel would demand everything. So, he worked alongside Eddy Reynoso and drew up a strategy that paid off. He also commented that Eddy’s guidance was crucial because when he saw that he had hurt Berchelt he was going to throw himself into the fray with everything, -as he used to. However, Eddy and his dad, astutely and wisely advised him to calm down and continue with the strategy, which he did.
When he knocked out Miguel, he did not initially realize how stunned his rival was. In his moment of supreme triumph, Oscar was celebrating. However, when he turned around and saw that Miguel was motionless and did not react, he was deeply worried, because in the ring they may be rivals, but friendship and admiration are always there. He immediately went over, knelt and gently delivered an emotional message to recovering Miguel, whom he considers to be his friend and a fighter of excellence, assuring Miguel that he will be back very soon.
Oscar, who in all scenarios saw himself winning, confessed that emotions are still bubbling and fizzing, so much so, that he has not been able to sleep well.
Asked about what the next plans are and if he sees a rematch with Miguel in them, Oscar made it crystal clear that he is not interested in facing the “Alacrán” again, since that night it was clear who is the best at 130 pounds and above all because he has to fulfil the commitments that the title demands.
Nostalgic, he recalled that when he was a child and lived in a house in Nogales, he drew himself on a wall with the WBC belt and even wrote the legend “Oscar Valdez WBC World Champion.” This memory led him to confirm and exhort to all those present to fulfil their dreams, as they come true just as long as you work with passion and discipline.
Oscar thanked everyone who has taken the time to congratulate him and have been on this path to the world title and assured that one of his wishes is to continue supporting his foundation that aims to help amateur boxing, and of course, defend his cherished Green and Gold Belt!
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