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Oscar Valdez is one of boxings top rising stars. He won a vacant featherweight world title, and accomplished what most expected of the two-time Mexican Olympian, when he knocked out Matias Adrian Rueda in the second round on July 23.Certainly, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, who signed Valdez after the 2012 Olympics, expected him to win a world title. But as far as Arum is concerned, it was only the beginning of what he envisions will become a great career.Arum has promoted a whos who of superstars during his 50 years in the boxing business, including many prominent Mexican fighters, and he has helped build them into attractions and champions. He views Valdez -- an enormously talented fighter with a fan-friendly style, outgoing personality and bilingual skills -- as the next one.Were going to make him a huge star in Mexico and in the border cities in the United States, like Tucson, where he grew up, Phoenix and San Diego. We think theres a big, big upside for him, Arum said.With the 126-pound world title in hand, Valdez will make his first defense against mandatory challenger Hiroshige Osawa in one of four world title fights on Nov. 5 (Top Rank PPV, 9 p.m. ET) on the Manny Pacquiao-Jessie Vargas card at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.Being given a spot on Pacquiaos undercard is a big deal for any young fighter, and the 25-year-old Valdez knows it.It means a lot to me, Valdez said. I get excited when I fight on these big cards. Im very grateful to Bob Arum for putting me on a big show like this. Ive always heard the first title defense is the hardest. Ive heard this from ex-champions like Julio Cesar Chavez [Sr.]. The hard thing is not getting there and winning a title. The hard thing is maintaining your championship. I am motivated, but its even more motivation for me being on great cards like this.I grew up seeing Pacquiao fight. He was in so many great fights. And now I am on his card and I got something to show my people -- that Im on this big card. Everybody gets excited back home. Its nothing but motivation for me.Valdez (20-0, 18 KOs) does not know much about Osawa (30-3-4, 19 KOs) of Japan, who will be facing the first notable opponent of his career. Valdez, however, said that when he knew he would be facing Osawa, 31, he went to YouTube and watched some video of him.I didnt really know much about him so I started looking at him to see what kind of fighter he is, Valdez said. He has a longer reach than me so we are sparring guys taller than me. He comes forward, doesnt go back, and he tries to knock out his opponent. But one thing I know about Japanese fighters is they have heart. Im not trying to think Im knocking this guy out in the first or second round. I will try not to be overconfident. Being smart is important.Arum has huge hopes for Valdez.We think we can make him a bigger star than [Erik] Morales or [Marco Antonio] Barrera, Arum said of the Mexican stars who waged an epic trilogy and had some of their greatest fights at featherweight. Our goal is to make him like a successor to Morales and Barrera. We think he has the ability and personality, and he will have somewhat bigger crossover appeal because of the fact that he is fluent in English, where the other two werent.One of the most successful promotional jobs of Arums career in terms of a Mexican fighter was with Morales. Arum was involved in a few Barrera fights over the years, but he promoted Morales for most of his career, including all three fights with Barrera, and helped build Morales into one of the top fighters in boxing. Morales headlined several successful pay-per-view cards, won world titles in four weight divisions, and became a fan favorite. He will be eligible to appear on the International Boxing Hall of Fame ballot for the first time next fall and is a shoe-in to be elected.Arum wants to follow a similar path with Valdez, who was born in Mexico and spent most of his childhood living in Tucson, Arizona, which he considers a second home and where his mother still lives, before moving back to his familys hometown of Nogales, just over the border, where his father, grandmother and other family members live.Arum said he has talked with Tucson city officials and officials from Casino Del Sol, which is in Tucson and has hosted a number of boxing events, about hosting future Valdez fights at the casino and the citys convention center.We also hope to have Oscar fight in Mexico City and hope to have him fight in Tijuana [Morales hometown], Arum said. We know what we are doing. If hes as good as we think, he can fight three or four times a year, and we can build a business around this kid.Its all music to Valdezs ears. When told that Arum wants to handle the young fighters career as he handled Morales, Valdez was in awe, sounding somewhat stunned to hear it. The reason: Morales is Valdezs boxing idol.In fact, the first time Valdez went to Las Vegas to see a fight was as a 13-year-old in 2004. He went to see Morales unify junior lightweight titles in a decision win against Carlos Hernandez at the MGM Grand. In 2008, Valdez, then a top amateur, got a chance to meet Morales at a tournament and tell him that he was his favorite fighter.Now, all these years later, Valdez relishes that Arum is comparing them.My idol has always been Erik Morales, Valdez said. By doing half of what he did would mean a lot of to me. Its an honor that Bob would say a thing like that. He has been in this game for so long and knows his boxing, so it means I am doing something right. Ill do my part and work hard in the gym. I love boxing. And I know Bob Arum and Top Rank will do their job. 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First-round pick cornerback Artie Burns missed the game with a nagging thigh injury, while linebackers Bud Dupree and Jarvis Jones -- former first-round picks -- also sat out.Detroits Matthew Stafford went 4 of 6 for 58 yards in his only series. Stafford converted three third downs -- one a 30-yard pickup to the newly acquired Anquan Boldin -- before James Harrisons sack and forced fumble halted the drive.Lions tight end Eric Ebron, who suffered an undisclosed injury to his lower right leg last week, was in street clothes. Cornerback Darius Slay missed Wednesdays practice and sat out Fridays game. Starting running back Ameer Abdullah and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata were also out.Doran Grant opened the scoring when he picked off Dan Orlovskys throw and returned the interception 39 yards. Steelers receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey made it 14-3 in the second quarter when he hauled in a 29-yarder in the corner of the end zone from Landry Jones.Jones finished 6 of 12 for 55 yards and a score.Andre Roberts scored on a 28-yard pass from Orlovsky before the two-minute warning. Orlovsky finished 16 of 25 for 164 yards with a touchdown and an interception.ROOKIE WATCHLions: First-round pick Taylor Decker struggled in his preseason debut. Decker committed a holding penalty on third-and-2 from the Pittsburgh 17 and was beaten on the next snap by Harrison, which resulted in the sack and forced fumble recovered by the Steelers.Steelers: Second-round pick Sean Davis settled in after a shaky start. Davis, a safety out of Maryland, was elevated to first-team slot cornerback when Senquez Golson suffered a Lisfranc mid-foot injury. He missed a tackle during the opening drive that led to a 30-yaard gain and later committed a 15-yard penalty, but he also snuffed out a screen pass in the red zone that ultimately forces Detroit to settle for a field goal.dddddddddddd Davis started the second half at safety.POSITION BATTLESLions: Rafael Bush started at strong safety and is the front-runner for the starting job next to Glover Quin. Bush played just one game last season for New Orleans, suffering a torn pectoral muscle. Tavon Wilson, a backup in New England, and Isaiah Johnson, who played six games last season, are also in the mix.Steelers: Alejandro Villanueva got the start and played two series in his battle with Ryan Harris at left tackle. Villanueva was called for a 10-yard penalty on third-and-3 during the first drive that ended in a punt. Devin Taylor beat Villanueva for a sack on the first play of the ensuing drive, which also ended with a punt. Harris, who has alternated with Villanueva, started all 19 games at left tackle for Denver last season.INJURY UPDATELions: Linebacker Zaviar Gooden suffered a head injury in the third quarter.Steelers: Backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski left at the end of the third quarter with a left hamstring injury. Safety Ross Ventrone (right hamstring) left in the first quarter, while linebacker Anthony Chickillo suffered an ankle injury, and lineman Brian Mihalik an MCL sprain.FUMBLED AWAYSteelers second-year wide receiver Sammie Coates has impressed during training camp practices, but he fumbled twice against the Lions. He bobbled a pass to start a second-quarter drive and fumbled two plays later, which led to a Lions field goal. Coates fumbled later in the game on an end-around.QUOTABLENot the type of performance we had hoped for. Some big-time negligence in all three phases. -- Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.We were trying not to huddle as much as we could. It was an OK night. 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