TUCSON, Ariz. — When Oscar Valdez fought for the first time in Tucson in 2015, he was a fast-rising prospect. But he promised that he would return someday to fight in his childhood home as a world titleholder.
That is just what he did as Valdez retained his featherweight belt for the third time in an action-packed unanimous decision against Genesis Servania before a raucous crowd of 4,103 on Friday night in the main event of the Top Rank ESPN card at the Tucson Arena.
Valdez, who lived in Tucson from ages 4 to 9 before moving back to his native Nogales, Mexico, just over the border, with his father, still has plenty of family, including his mother, and friends who live in Tucson and he and Servania gave them quite a show.
Valdez won by scores of 119-111, 117-109 and 116-110 in a fight in which he and Servania exchanged knockdowns. ESPN.com scored the fight 116-110 for Valdez.
“I’m very happy to fight here,” Valdez said. “Every corner I looked at I was seeing friends and family memebers. I love this place. I got much love for this place.”