Former Olympic boxer Jesse Valdez is in Van Tate’s Sports Office

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Jesse Valdez is a man that does not like the spotlight. It was burning bright on him in 1972 when he captured a bronze medal for team USA boxing. Valdez never went pro.

He did enjoy a career in the Air Force. He later enjoyed a job as a TV news photographer. Valdez lives quietly in Rio Rancho these days. He talked about that and his boxing career in the sports office. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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