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Stepping into the ring for the first time at 18 years old, Niko “Baby Face” Valdes was a fairly latecomer to boxing, but the Miami native quickly made up for lost time.
Stepping into the ring for the first time at 18 years old, Niko “Baby Face” Valdes was a fairly latecomer to boxing. But the Miami, Florida native quickly made up for lost time, ascending the national ranks to win bronze at the 2014 USA Amateur Boxing National Championships after only two years in the fight game.
A fearless fighter and eager learner, Valdes battled his way through the amateur level. The southpaw won the Florida Golden Gloves state championship four times and claimed bronze at the National Golden Gloves and is ranked third best amateur fighter in the light heavyweight division in the U.S. Valdes, who is of Cuban and Dutch descent, also journeyed to Belgium for part of his amateur career, and rose to become the number 1 ranked amateur fighter in the country at 178 lbs.
Having earned a spot as one of the top amateur fighters, the now-22-year-old Valdes finds is hungry for more as he makes the jump to the professional level of boxing. The light heavyweight prospect signed with Golden Boy Promotions in January 2016, and made his professional debut, Valdes via first round knockout of Roberto Ramirez in April. On July 1 the light heavyweight prospect returned to The Belasco Theater on LAPD vs. NYPD fight night for another knockout win over Michael Andrews.