Oscar Valdez Retains Championship in Bloody War with Scott Quigg
By Joel Tavizon Jr. | Contributing Writer
Published: March 11, 2018
On a rainy day at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, Oscar Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs) defended his WBO world featherweight title by defeating Scott Quigg (34-2-2, 25 KOs) via unanimous decision. Everyone knew this fight would not be easy for either fighter as both had styles of coming forward and exchanging dangerous punches. Valdez went into this fight hungry, looking to defend his title at all costs and that is precisely what he did. Quigg was coming into Valdez's backyard looking to make it a rough and tough fight. Nobody thought the fight would've gone all 12 rounds.
The fight started off quick with Valdez taking control of the early rounds picking and landing his shots at will. Valdez worked the body and kept landing hard body shots mixing it up with punches to the head. In round five, things changed with both fighters fighting head to head letting ripping combinations go at each other. Quigg hurt Valdez at the end of the 5th round with a sharp punch that made Valdez's legs buckle. The fight was bloody, with Valdez's mouth having a bad cut, and Quigg having a cut on his left eye.
In the 8th round, the momentum changed and Quigg started landing his own bombs as well. By the 9th round, Valdez seemed extremely tired, and his work rate had slowed down. In the 10th round, Valdez lands a vicious body shot that lands clean on Quigg and hurts him. Quigg showed his heart by not going down even after taking a shot so powerful and right on the target. It was a rough fight, but Valdez seemed back in control and was up in the scorecards at this point in the match.
Round 11 was filled with action coming from both fighters. At the end of the round, both fighters let their hands go and courageously exchanged in the middle of the ring. Quigg landed a low blow on Valdez that sent him to his knees and had the referee stepping in. After Valdez recovered from this, he came back and hurt Quigg once again with thudding blows to the head. Quigg tried moving his head, but it did not work efficiently. By this point, Quigg's face was a mess, with a cut over his eye and his forehead and nose all swollen up.
The fight was entertaining from the first bell to the last with Valdez defending his title and getting the win. The final scores were 117-112, 117-112, and 118-110. After the fight, both fighters paid each other there respects.
Who will Valdez face now that he has proven his legitimacy at featherweight? He has the chance to meet the winner of Donaire vs. Frampton or the winner of the highly anticipated rematch between Leo "El Terremoto" Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KOs) and Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KOs).
(Feature Photo: Top Rank Boxing)