Oscar Valdez vs Scott Quigg
Undefeated WBO featherweight world champion, Mexican, Oscar Valdez, puts his title on the line, facing British challenger, former super bantamweight world champion, Scott Quigg. The fight takes place in California.
One day prior to the fight, while Valdez makes the weight, as expected from any professional, the same cannot be said for Quigg, who not only fails to weigh as low as 126, but exeeds 128. Many questions are asked of Quigg, who has a reputation for being particularly disciplined, good at putting hours of training in, daily, and a devastated, embarrassed Quigg, is very apologetic, and has no complaints about losing out on the chance to win a world title, and being fined, however, he does object to a second day weigh in.
The fight begins at a frantic pace, as Quigg puts the pressuee on Valdez straight away, and before he can be bullied, Valdez uses his feet to help him find the right distance, and let's combination after combination go, landing blistering bunches of punches on a seemingly quite easy target of Quigg, and in high numbers.
After 2 rounds, it is entertaining, but one sided, as Valdez looks to be on a successful mission to beat Quigg to a pulp. In round 3, the fight changes, as Valdez sustains his work from the first 2 rounds, landing, clean, accurate counter punches as well as initiating the exchanges, but Quigg, able to close the distance more often, happy to take a high quantity of very hard punches, and is able to land some big shots of his own, the heavier, more damaging punches of the round. Valdez is not deterred or stopped from working well after being hit with some good shots, as he resumes his dominance in round 4, even in close quarters, getting the better of Quigg, using his own offence to negate that of Quigg, who is still making it competitive.
Round 5 is a dogfight, and although it looks close for a while, Quigg swings it in his favour late in the round, shaking Valdez to his boots, and looking close to stopping the champion, having landed a devastating right hand. It is no picnic for Valdez, as blood pours from his mouth. Around the mid point of the fight, Valdez and Quigg go to war, both show all the heart any fighter can, both land very hard punches, but Valdez's footwork is useful, and so is his output, and accuracy, which seems to be separating him from Quigg, as the middle rounds go by, and Valdez seems to extending his lead.
Neither fighter seems to want to drop the pace as the late rounds approach, Quigg, needing to put a dent in Valdez, Valdez, happy to punish Quigg for trying to change the fight, they continue to go to war, Valdez, still looking like blood is coming out of his mouth with every breath, Quigg, looking unrecognisable with facial damage. Quigg is able to big moments of success in parts of the mid-late rounds, as the physically stronger fighter, overpowers Valdez at times, when he lands, he can produce power, and do some damage, but at no point does Valdez stop throwing his own shots, and his boxing skill combined with the desire and grit he has just as Quigg has, disallowes Quigg from swinging the fight in his favour as he tries to do so.
Both sustain their effort in the championship rounds, but already likely to be ahead, Valdez is the one who is able have the better of most exchanges, take a second's rest without being made to pay, and it is the champion who does more work, manages to drag more punches out of himself, and gets the better of most exchanges as the two stay in the trenches and battle it out in the closing sessions of the fight.
Quigg, with an unsightly broken nose and cut eye, seems to know he hasn't won the fight, but has played his part in a classic.
Oscar Valdez is declared the winner, all three judes score him a wide winner, and he successfully defends his world title.