Oscar Valdez is anticipating a difficult night when he squares up to Miguel Berchelt inside The Bubble at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, on Saturday night, live on eir sport.
The all-Mexican bout is the main event on the card as WBC super featherweight world champion Berchelt seeks a seventh successive title defence against Valdez, who has yet to hold a WBC world title.
While Berchelt will be defending his WBC super featherweight title for the seventh time, Valdez will be looking to become a two-division champion after previously holding the WBO featherweight title.
Having vacated the belt after six successful title defences, Valdez is ready to fulfil his dream of becoming a WBC world champion.
"This is a difficult fight. There's a reason he's holding that belt. He's a great champion inside the ring and outside the ring. Nothing personal, but I want that belt. It's a dream I've had ever since I was 8 years old, 9 years old," he explained.
"My idols have held it: Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera. They all held this belt, and that is something I've wanted to hold since I was a kid. This is my opportunity."
"Everywhere I go in Mexico, I get asked that question: 'When are you and Berchelt going to fight?' It would be an honour for me to show them a great fight with a warrior like Miguel Berchelt."
"This is my opportunity. I'm not going to go in there and not give it my all. I'm going to do whatever it takes. If I have to box, I'll box. If I have to bang it and brawl it out, then I'm willing to do that, too."
Berchelt stopped Francisco Vargas in January 2017 to become the WBC super featherweight champion and since then he has overcome the likes Takashi Miura, Miguel Roman, Vargas and Jason Sosa, while Valdez is seeking his first WBC title after moving up out of the division.
Looking ahead to the fight, Berchelt told reporters: "I'm very happy to be here. I've been following Oscar since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, since that was an opportunity I wanted for myself. I respect him. We know the quality of the opponent we have in front of us, but I'm here to get the win and (retain) my title."
"Styles make fight, and I believe my style and Oscar's style will make for a great fight, so we'll see what happens."
It was thought the fight would take place in 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic caused the bout to be postponed until December, only for Berchelt to test positive for Covid-19 in the build-up to the event at MGM Grand Conference Center.
"I want to tell my fans not to miss this fight. This is going to be a great fight. I know what it's taken me to get this title, and I'm sure I will defend this title successfully again," Berchelt commented.
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