Valdez vs. Lopez & Moloney vs. Nakatani – preview for tonight

By Brian Webber: Oscar Valdez shall be combating Adam ‘Blue Nostril’ Lopez in a rematch within the chief assist bout, whereas Andrew Moloney takes on unbeaten Junto Nakatani for the vacant WBO tremendous flyweight title tonight on the MGM Grand Backyard Enviornment in Las Vegas.

The Valdez-Lopez II and Moloney-Nakatani fights shall be proven stay on Prime Rank on ESPN+ PPV, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT)

The 32-year-old former two-division world champion Oscar Valdez (30-1, 23 KOs) has been out of the ring for over a 12 months since his loss to Shakur Stevenson in April 2022.

Does Oscar Valdez nonetheless have it?

Valdez is utilizing the Lopez battle tonight as a warm-up to get him prepared for a world title shot towards WBO tremendous featherweight champion Emanuel Navarrete. Not surprisingly, ‘Blue Nostril’ Lopez says he desires to upset Valdez’s plans and be the one which challenges champion Navarrete for his 130-lb belt.

Contemplating the period of time that Valdez has been out of the ring, the defeat to Shakur, which was a one-sided affair, could have affected his perception sufficient to maintain him out of motion all this time. We don’t know but how a lot Valdez has left after that defeat.

‘Blue Nostril’ Lopez (16-4, 6 KOs) gave Valdez all he may deal with of their battle in November 2019, knocking him down within the second spherical, and giving him every kind of issues earlier than being stopped prematurely within the seventh.

Lopez’s profession has been up and down since, shedding to Isaac Dogboe and Abraham Nova lately whereas beating William Encarnacion, Jason Sanchez, and Luis Coria.

In one other fascinating battle tonight, Andrew Moloney (25-2, 16 KOs) faces undefeated knockout artist Junto Nakatani (24-0, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBO tremendous flyweight title.

The 32-year-old Moloney has extra expertise, however he’s going up towards a robust and younger fighter in 25-year-old Nakatani, who appears like an unstoppable machine.

We don’t understand how good Nakatani is, as he’s not confronted the highest fighters within the 115-lb division but, so he shall be moving into the unknown tonight towards Moloney.

Nakatani’s greatest wins have come towards Francisco Rodriguez Jr, Ryota Yamauchi, Angel Acosta, and Milan Melindo. If Nakatani is pretty much as good as boxing followers consider him to be, Moloney received’t final lengthy tonight below his fierce firepower.

The battle’s on tonight’s ESPN PPV card

  • Devin Haney vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko
  •  Oscar Valdez vs. Adam Lopez
  • Raymond Muratalla vs. Jeremiah Nakathila
  • Andrew Moloney vs. Junto Nakatani
  • Nico Ali Walsh vs. Danny Rosenberger
  • Emiliano Fernando Vargas vs. Rafael Jasso
  • Floyd Diaz vs. Luis Fernando Saavedra
  • Abdullah Mason vs. Desmond Lyons
  • Amari Jones vs. Pachino Hill

Oscar Lopez is getting older

“Every part is completely different. He fought a younger Adam ‘Blue Nostril’ Lopez, then. I solely had a few 10 fights in me. I’ve been within the ring with a number of the greatest on this planet. I’m larger. I’m a full 130-pounder now. When he [Oscar Valdez] fought me, I used to be 126 nonetheless,” stated Adam Lopez to Behind The Gloves about his battle tonight towards Oscar Valdez.

“I simply turned 27. I’m hitting my prime. Oscar, I don’t wish to put no filth on him, however he’s getting older [32-year-old]. It’s exhausting to show an outdated canine new methods, and when you’re set in your methods, you’re set in your methods. I’m not anticipating something loopy completely different.

“I’m coming completely different, rather a lot completely different than after I first fought him.

“I don’t suppose he’s bringing something new to the desk. I do know he’s coming in form, and he’s centered. From what I’m listening to, this battle is a tune-up battle for him to battle [Emanuel] Navarrete.

“If every part is correct, I ought to get his alternative. That’s what I’d say, however boxing is a tousled enterprise in a means. So no matter occurs occurs. The primary factor I wish to do is keep energetic. After this battle, I wish to battle instantly.

“I’d like to battle again in Los Angeles, the place I’m from. I’ve obtained lots of people again residence that wish to see me first. So I’d like to get again to LA. It’s not utterly as much as me, however that’s what I’ll be voicing.

Adam ‘Blue Nostril’ Lopez totally ready for Valdez

“I got here and fought him on a day’s discover. I’ve had a full camp for him,” stated Lopez. “That is the most effective form I’ve been in. He’s positively in for rather a lot. Tune in; it’s going to be a really thrilling night time. I’m going to placed on a present, and also you’ll see what I’m made from,” stated ‘Blue Nostril’ Lopez about his rematch with Valdez.

“I feel it might be 50-50, however I’m going for Lomachenko. I’ve all the time been a Lomachenko fan,” stated Adam Lopez about tonight’s essential occasion conflict between undisputed light-weight champion Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney and Vasyl Lomachenko.

“I’m going for Loma. I do know he’s getting just a little older. Devin is a younger canine; he’s in his prime, however I feel Loma nonetheless has one thing in his Tank and may pull it off. He’s obtained the expertise. I don’t suppose Devin goes to deliver something that Loma hasn’t ever seen. He’s been in there with all people. I obtained him,” stated Valdez.

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