World renowned promoter Bob Arum has revealed that he wants to set up a contest between Oscar Valdez and the winner of Josh Warrington’s clash with Carl Frampton.
Warrington will make the first defence of his IBF featherweight title at the Manchester Arena on December 22, against compatriot Frampton. A yuletide treat for fans of British domestic boxing, the winner will then start having notions of world domination.
The opportunity may come quickly, too. Valdez has held the WBO featherweight title since the summer of 2016, and Arum is hoping to put his man into the ring with Warrington or Frampton.
Quoted by Boxing News Online, Arum said:
We are looking forward to the Frampton-Warrington fight, which should be a real barnburner.
Hopefully, we can match the winner with WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez in the spring or summer of 2019.
Valdez has a career record of 24-0 (19 KOs), with his most recent victory coming against Scott Quigg in March.
Despite traditionally being known as a knockout specialist, the Mexican has taken bouts the distance in each of his last three contests.
Warrington won the IBF belt in May, after a split-decision went in his favour against Welshman Lee Selby. The challenge of Frampton will determine just how good the Leeds-native can be, with the Northern Irishman’s long and storied career featuring just the one defeat.