This Saturday night, former WBO featherweight champion, Oscar Valdez (26-0, 20KOs) will be moving up in weight to take on Andres Gutierrez (38-2-1, 25KOs). This fight marks Valdez super featherweight debut and it will be interesting to see how he looks at the new weight. Let’s take a look at how these two fighters are going into the fight.
Oscar Valdez became a featherweight champion back in 2016 when he defeated Matias Rueda for the vacant WBO strap. He defended his belt 6 times defeating the likes of Miguel Marriaga and Scott Quigg and last defended it against Jason Sanchez earlier this year. This marked his last title defense as he vacated the title shortly after to move up in weight. Valdez is a boxer puncher who can box smart if he wants but is also willing to get into brawls like in his fight against Quigg, where Valdez suffered a broken jaw. Regardless, he is considered one of the top fighters in the featherweight division and is a considerable favorite going into his fight against Gutierrez.
Andres Gutierrez is currently riding a three fight winning streak since dropping a decision to Abner Mares back in 2017. He’s floated between the 126 and 130 pound weight classes throughout his career and has mostly fought lower level opposition. The times he has stepped up, he has lost such as in his fights vs Mares and Christian Mijares back in 2016. Honestly speaking, he is being brought in to make Oscar Valdez look good and generate hype around him which has dwindled in recent years. Does Gutierrez have a chance to win? Of course, anything can happen in boxing but it is hard to get excited over this fight when one guy (Valdez) is such a heavy favorite.
Prediction / Final Thoughts
This is a fight that Oscar Valdez should win handily but it also wouldn’t surprise me if he gets into a brawl and makes the fight a lot closer than it needs to be. Regardless, I expect him to get the win and probably call out one of the champions at 130 pounds.
My prediction: Oscar Valdez unanimous decision