Oscar Valdez will make his super featherweight debut this November in Las Vegas.
Top Rank announced that Valdez, the former WBO featherweight champion, will take on Andres Gutierrez on November 30 in Las Vegas in a 130-pound bout. The fight will headline an ESPN+ card from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan.
Valdez's super featherweight debut was in the works almost immediately after his final WBO featherweight title defense, a unanimous decision win against Jason Sanchez from back in June. Valdez stated back then that he wanted a unification bout next or else he would go on to super featherweight and the move was sealed once the WBO ordered Valdez to fight Shakur Stevenson next. Valdez vacated the belt and now Stevenson and Joet Gonzalez will fight for the vacant title later this month.
Gutierrez is on a three-fight win streak since a 2017 loss to WBA "Regular" featherweight champion Abner Mares. The twice-beaten Gutierrez has not fought since June when he won a close 12-round decision against Tomas Rojas to win the interim WBC FECARBOX super featherweight title.
The other fight that has been announced involves former featherweight champion Carl Frampton taking on Tyler McCreary. The fight is also at super featherweight but the bout it will also be contested at a 128-pound catchweight.
This will be Frampton's Top Rank debut after his fight against Emmanuel Dominguez originally set for August in Philadelphia was canceled due to Frampton suffering a freak injury days before the bout took place. Frampton, a former WBA featherweight champion, has not fought since he unsuccessfully challenged for Josh Warrington's IBF title in December 2018.
McCreary, an unbeaten prospect from Toledo, Ohio, sports a 16-0-1 record as a pro. McCreary has already fought twice this year with the first one being a majority draw against Roberto Castaneda in March and then a split decision win against Jessie Cris Rosales in July.