British featherweight hopeful Scott Quigg left America with an unfortunate loss on his record as he was overcome by the durable and aggressive Mexican brawler Oscar Valdez, on Saturday March 10th.
Quigg put on a courageous performance although his work-rate and desire wasn’t enough to match the tenacity of his opponent, fighting on home soil.
The judges scored the fight in Valdez’ favour with a unanimous victory.
The British fighter started off by bringing the fight to Valdez, attempting to force the Mexican back with looping shots although it was Valdez who landed the first few significant blows.
Valdez took advantage of his superior hand-speed by targeting Quigg with a flurry of body shots, interspersed with a few haymakers of his own. Early on and two rounds in, the fight looked open.
By round four the fight had warmed up and both fighters offloaded combinations during short exchanges, neither boxer settling for a moment’s rest.
Quigg stole round 5 with an upbeat performance having connected with heavy blows to Valdez. By this point, the British fighter had earned only one round from the judges leaving Valdez a far cry ahead on points.
Valdez regained full control over the pace of the fight and grew in confidence as hit patter of shots slowed Quigg. The British challenger was left chasing shadows and swinging at thin air. Coupled with a swelling to Quigg’s left eye, the fight was beginning to slip from his grasp.
Increased pressure from Valdez put Quigg further on the back foot as a dog-fight ensured until the later rounds. Suggestions of a broken nose for Quigg signalled the bout was slipping from his grasp.
There was little encouragement that Freddie Roach could offer Quigg, who by the final bell had amassed significantly more physical damage than his Mexican opponent.
Back to the drawing board for Quigg who had earlier floated the idea of a rematch with compatriot Carl Frampton back on British shores.
Meanwhile Valdez cemented his status as a champion in the featherweight division and will now look ahead to consolidating the belts by possibly challenging number one ranked fighter Leo Santa Cruz.