It’s showtime for Scott Quigg who is making his US debut this weekend. His opponent is current champion Oscar Valdez. The two fighters will be competing in a featherweight contest, scheduled for 10th March 2018. Valdez’ WBO title is on the line.
Now in the care of respected trainer Freddie Roach after moving his camp to Los Angeles, Quigg now has a springboard to launching himself into the American market. Off the back of a potential win against hard-hitter Valdez, he will also have one eye on automatic selection into a potential World Boxing Super Series tournament next year. But more about that in due course.
Valdez is seven years fresh in the professional fight game. He wields a clean fight record (23-0-0) and boasts a high knockout percentage – 19 of his fights have ended via stoppage. What better time then for Quigg to step up to the challenge of ending the Mexican’s unbeaten run. If victorious, the British boxer will join Santa Cruz, Gary Russell Jr, Marez and Selby as title holders in a weight class rife with elite talent.
Scott Quigg Career Record – Last Five Fights
Quigg is currently recognised as the #4 featherweight by Boxrec. His wins in the last four of five have come by stoppage, knockout and decision. The only blip on his fight record is the loss to compatriot Carl Frampton in a gruelling 12-round battle. Since then it’s been plain sailing for the Mancunian, including a unanimous decision over Mexican Vioral Simion.
|4/11/2017||Oleg Yefimovych||Win||TKO||Monaco Casino e Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|29-Apr-17||Viorel Simion||Win||UD||United Kingdom Wembley Stadium, London, England|
|10-Dec-16||Jose Cayetano||Win||KO||United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England|
|27-Feb-16||Carl Frampton||Loss||SD||United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England|
|18-Jul-15||Spain Kiko Martínez||Win||TKO||United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England|
Oscar Valdez Career Record – Last Five Fights
Three of the last five fights Valdez has fought in have ended prematurely, on account of KO or TKO. In typical Mexican style, Valdez’s showreel is peppered with aggressive and forceful performances although as shown in his last two outings, he can go the distance too when needed. Valdez has remained relatively injury free throughout his triumphant career and whilst in his 20s he is yet to hit his prime years.
|Sep 22, 2017||Genesis Servania||Win||TKO||United States Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.|
|Apr 22, 2017||Miguel Marriaga||Win||UD||United States StubHub Center, Carson, California, U.S.|
|Nov 5, 2016||Hiroshige Osawa||Win||KO||United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|Jul 23, 2016||Matías Rueda||Win||SD||United States MGM Grand, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|Apr 9, 2016||Evgeny Gradovich||Win||TKO||United States MGM Grand, Paradise, Nevada,U.S.|
Scott Quigg vs. Oscar Valdez Prediction
Could this be the breakthrough Quigg has been waiting for? Will he step out of Frampton’s shadow as the British poster boy of the featherweight division? Or will the change of camp and the home support of Valdez be too tough a combination to wade through this weekend?
“Scott is one of the best-conditioned fighters I have worked with, and it’s great working with fighters like him and Pacquiao.”
“Oscar says he’ll knock Scott out. I hope he believes that because if he comes forward and tries to knock Scott out, then Scott is going to put him on his ass.” – Freddie Roach
These questions will be answered in the ring on Sunday morning, and we’re of the opinion that neither fighter will take this one lightly. Expect fireworks.
“I’m ready. I’m more anxious than anything. I’ve been ready for a long time.”
“When I was a kid, I used to watch fighters like Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera. I looked up to them. When I hear people say I’m an action fighter or a fighter they like to see, it makes me feel great. I want to carry the Mexican flag and be considered a warrior inside the ring that gives the fans great fights.” – Oscar Valdez
Scoring the fight to go 12 rounds with Valdez taking a home win is a highly likely outcome, as backed by the odds laid out by all major bookmakers.
How to watch Quigg vs. Valdez
If you’re watching from within the UK get set for a late one. This fight is being broadcast in the early hours of Sunday morning, which is prime time Saturday night in the US. There are several options for tuning in: Sky Sports Main Event has the full program; coverage can also be seen on Sky Sports Action; whilst online portals may be available for streaming (be wary on which platform you use).