Oscar Valdez will take on Andres Gutierrez this Saturday, November 30, at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada with the bout tentatively scheduled to start at 11 p.m. ET. This will be the headline match of an excellent ESPN Plus card, as the undefeated Valdez makes his super featherweight debut. Valdez is a massive favorite per the boxing betting odds even though Gutierrez is one of the best boxers in the world at this weight class. A victory for Valdez will likely lead to a title shot against one of the current title holders early next year.
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- Oscar Valdez: -5000
- Andres Gutierrez: +1240
- Over/under rounds: 8.5 (Over -160 / Under +127)
Both Valdez and Gutierrez hail from Mexico, and they will be fighting in front of thousands of countrymen on Saturday night. Valdez is the second-biggest favorite on the card next to Arnold Barboza Jr., and he is widely expected to get the victory after six consecutive title defenses as the featherweight title holder. Promoter Bob Arum has stated that there is already a potential title fight with WBC champion Miguel Berchelt lined up, but Valdez must take care of business on Saturday night.
Oscar Valdez (26-0, 20 knockouts)
Valdez is one of the best fighters in the lower weight classes. He rose to prominence as an amateur, winning two gold medals, a silver, and a bronze at various international boxing events before turning professional in 2012.
At the age of 21, he registered his first knockout, and he knocked out his first 11 opponents before finally winning a bout by unanimous decision. Valdez showcased his power once again after that fight, winning eight of his next nine fights culminating in a second round TKO of Matias Rueda to win the WBO featherweight title in July 2016.
For the last three years, Valdez has defended his featherweight belt with relative ease. He beat Hiroshige Osawa by TKO before winning unanimous decisions over Miguel Marriaga, Genesis Servania, and Scott Quigg in consecutive bouts. The victory over Quigg was very impressive as both fighters were battered and bruised as Quigg’s nose was broken and there was a substantial cut over his left eye, while Valdez had his teeth chipped and his mouth bloodied.
Valdez registered a seventh round TKO of Carmine Tommasone in his next bout nearly a year later and followed that up with a win by unanimous decision over Jason Sanchez. This will be his first bout at the new weight class, but that track record has made him a massive favorite over Andres Gutierrez.
Andres Gutierrez (38-2-1, 25 knockouts)
Gutierrez has fought in four different weight classes over his career. He won his first 18 bouts, with 15 of those coming by knockout, before suffering his first setback. He drew on points with Jesus Ruiz in a minor title fight in August 2011, more than a year before Valdez had his first professional fight.
He took the setback in stride though, and Gutierrez responded by winning his next 14 bouts to set up a bout with one of the most experienced boxers this decade. Gutierrez took on Cristian Mijares (53-8-2) for the WBC Silver Featherweight title and lost by mixed decision. He bounced back with a TKO victory over Wallington Orobio, but then he lost by technical decision to Abner Mares in October 2017 with the WBA Featherweight strap on the line.
Gutierrez won his next three bouts by unanimous decision to set up this fight, but none of the boxers he beat are anything like Valdez.
The underdog isn’t as talented as the heavy favorite, but he should be able to make it for nine rounds. Gutierrez has not been knocked out in his professional career, so take the over.
Boxing Pick: Bet on this match to last more than 8.5 Rounds
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