Rising light-weight prospect Jose Valenzuela will look to impress in his first essential occasion look when he faces Colombia’s Deiner Berrio in a 10-round showdown that headlines FS1 PBC Combat Night time and on FOX Deportes this Saturday, September 18 (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT) from Mechanics Financial institution Enviornment in Bakersfield, California.
“I’ve dreamt about this second since I used to be just a little child,” stated Valenzuela. “Now I’m simply able to placed on a present Saturday night time and make a giant assertion. I’ve to let the entire division know that I’m right here.”
The 22-year-old impressed in his final outing, stopping Donte Strayhorn within the fourth spherical of their bout that aired on FOX earlier than the Pacquiao vs. Ugas pay-per-view on August 21. Whereas Valenzuela was happy to point out off his aggressive model, he additionally noticed sides of his sport the place he might enhance on.
“I like placing on an excellent efficiency for the followers and getting them up out of their seats,” stated Valenzuela. “I’m a really lively fighter as a result of I grew up watching and appreciating fighters like Manny Pacquiao and Julio Cesar Chavez.
“You’re going to see higher footwork from me on this battle. I’m an excellent boxer, and I’m good on my toes, however I generally become bored with that. I wish to battle within the trenches, however I do know I’ve to be sensible and use my protection. I’m going to be utilizing my jab and totally different angles on this battle, and I’m not going to be standing straight up in entrance of Berrio.”
Berrio represents essentially the most completed fighter Valenzuela has confronted thus far in his younger profession. In April, the 30-year-old Berrio has by no means been stopped and most lately misplaced a 10-round choice to unbeaten Juan Pablo Romero. Regardless of the hole in expertise, Valenzuela believes he has the sting in-ring IQ that may assist him come out victorious.
“Berrio has a mode the place he fights off his again foot, will get low, after which explodes with wild overhand rights,” stated Valenzuela. “It’s a bizarre model and undoubtedly just a little awkward. I don’t assume he’s going to have the ability to adapt and make the changes he’ll want towards me. I’ll expect loads of huge pictures from him.”
A local of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, Valenzuela now trains in Seattle, Washington, the place Jose Benavidez Sr. trains him alongside Jose’s sons, unbeaten two-time world champion David Benavidez and longtime contender Jose Benavidez Jr. Valenzuela have labored with the Benavidez household for the final 4 years, absorbing the data from an completed boxing household.
“It’s an awesome expertise working with the Benavidez household,” stated Valenzuela. “They all the time push me extraordinarily onerous, they usually actually imagine that we don’t have any limits. David can also be a fast-paced fighter, and I believe that comes from the kind of coaching we do.”
Valenzuela is aware of that he has to make the most of each alternative he receives in a stacked light-weight division with quite a few big-name champions and contenders. That data is motivating him to verify he appears spectacular on September 18.
“I’ve to point out everyone that Berrio is nowhere close to my degree,” stated Valenzuela. “I can’t simply win, and I’ve to win tremendously. A knockout could be nice, however crucial factor is to dominate and look-good profitable.”
Saturday’s present will probably be adopted on Sunday, September 19, with one other night time of FS1 PBC Combat Night time motion at Mechanics Financial institution Enviornment in Bakersfield, California. Sunday’s telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and is headlined by undefeated tremendous featherweight prospect Maliek Montgomery dealing with Aleem Jumakhonov in a 10-round bout.
Tickets for the stay occasions, which TGB Promotions promote, are on sale now and obtainable at AXS.com.