Oscar Valdez overcomes Scott Quigg to retain WBO featherweight title


Oscar Valdez beat Scott Quigg by unanimous determination to retain his WBO featherweight title on Saturday night time in Los Angeles.

The judges’ scorecards informed the story of the combat, as all three had the Mexican profitable by an honest margin: 117-111, 117-111 and 118-110.

Valdez began the higher of the 2 as he landed some heavy physique pictures and had no bother breaking via Quigg’s porous defence within the opening rounds.

The Bury man appeared damage initially of the second, however weathered his opponent’s early storm and began to come back into the combat after three rounds.

Valdez, pressured to field off the again foot because of Quigg’s relentless strain, struggled to retain management within the fourth and fifth. The challenger clearly damage the champion on a few events throughout this era, however finally couldn’t preserve management.

The Mexican snatched again momentum within the center rounds when the combat grew to become a bloody affair. Quigg was minimize over his left eye whereas Valdez fractured his jaw, inflicting blood to pour from his mouth.

Down the stretch, the WBO king confirmed his class as he completed strongly and claimed a large unanimous determination victory.

Reacting to the bout, Valdez stated: “Much respect to Scott, it was a war. I take my hat off to Quigg. He caught me with some big shots, he’s a tough fighter.”

When requested about his future, the WBO ruler declared: “Any champion out there who wants to take the fight, I’ll fight whoever.”

In his personal post-fight interview Quigg humbly admitted defeat: “The better man won. I was in the fight all along. I enjoyed it and I hope the fans enjoyed it. I hurt him a couple of times and he only hurt me once.”

The 29-year-old shocked the boxing public by coming in 2.8lbs obese for the combat on Friday, which means he couldn’t declare the title if he had received.

Some urged the transfer was a deliberate ploy by Quigg to realize a bonus, however he dismissed this: “I didn’t do that as a tactic. With four weeks to go I fractured my foot and it hindered me to do the roadwork. I still apologise, but I’m a professional, I don’t cut corners.”

Earlier within the night time there have been wins for Andy Ruiz Jr, Alex Saucedo and Esquiva Falcao on the undercard.