Feature | Mar 08 2018

LONG READ Oscar Valdez: ‘I will speak out’

Fighting for pride, his country and his people, Oscar Valdez talks to John Dennen
Oscar Valdez
Valdez_portrait  |  Mikey Williams/Top Rank

This feature was originally published in Boxing News magazine

OSCAR VALDEZ didn’t realise people would listen. He is a world featherweight champion, winning the WBO title in 2016 and subsequently defending the belt three times. That gives him profile and a platform. But he hardly expected to speak out for Mexicans in America.

Last year, as he ascended to new heights in his professional career, life in the USA began to change. With a new president coming into power, immigrants who had considered America home were suddenly facing a new kind of threat.