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WBO Champ Oscar Valdez using title defense in hometown of Tucson to also fight for "Dreamers" & young DACA immigrants

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Nogales-born, Tucson raised WBO champion of the world Oscar Valdez will defend his title this Friday on a world-televised fight card on ESPN taking place at the Tucson Convention Center.  The Fight is also making international headlines because Boxing Hall of Famer Bob Arum and Top Rank are donating 500 tickets to "dreamers" or DACA immigrants in Southern Arizona. News 4 Tucson Tucson Sports Director Paul Cicala caught up with Oscar Valdez, who shared his passion for helping out young undocumented immigrants who'd be affected by termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: 

Here's more from Top Rank:

In support of the thousands of young immigrants that could be affected by the termination the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, boxing promotional company, Top Rank®, led by Hall-of-Fame promoter Bob Arum, will donate 500 tickets to “Dreamers” in Arizona to attend the September 22 world championship event headlined by unbeaten Mexican world champions ÓSCAR VALDEZ and GILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMIREZ.  Valdez and Ramirez are considered by many experts as the future of the boxing rich country of Mexico, and they will defend their respective featherweight and super middleweight world titles in action-packed bouts. Here's more from NBC in Tucson:


            “Top Rank wants to make it clear that we stand in solidarity with the Dreamers. We are ashamed of the way they are being treated by the Administration in Washington. Americans are way better than this," said Arum.

           "To me it is a great honor to be able to be a voice that can bring light to this issue and defend those that are in need and don’t have someone that will stand up for them. I have family members that are in danger of being deported over the decisions taken by our government against DACA. I will not stand around and watch silently. I completely support this initiative taken by Top Rank and I want everyone to know that we will stand together and we will fight for what is right,” said Valdez.  

            To claim their tickets to the Valdez vs. Servania / Ramirez vs. Hart card, the “Dreamers” should bring their Employment Authorization Card to the Tucson Convention Center Box Office starting Tuesday September 19 during regular box office hours and for as long as supplies last.

Here's a previous story as-aired-on NBC (Paul Cicala reporting)

            For more information visit:  www.toprank.com;  Facebook facebook.com/trboxing,  facebook.com/trboxeo; Twitter twitter.com/trboxingtwitter.com/trboxeo.  Use the hashtags #ValdezServania and #RamirezHart to join the conversation on Twitter.

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