By Michael Shepherd (@mshep10)
Oscar Valdez enters this fight with a 23-0 record that includes 19 knockouts. This will be Valdez’s sixth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a September win over Genesis Servania (29-1). Valdez continues to climb the rankings as one of the best Featerweight boxers in the world and will be defending his belt for the fourth time. Valdez is a 27-year-old who stands at 5’5”, has a 66 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Valdez has all of the tools to be one of the best in the world pound for pound, as he puts his combinations together nicely, applies great pressure, moves well in the ring and has ridiculous punching power. Valdez has the ability to drop his opponent with one shot, and he takes advantage of any aggressiveness. Valdez counters well, has quick hands and really the only knock on him is bulking up his resume as he starts to headline these big cards in the United States. While his last two fights have ended in decision, Valdez as won eight of his last eleven fights by knockout. This will be Valdez 6th career fight in California which is also where Valdez currently trains, at Legendz Boxing gym.
Scott Quigg enters this fight with a 34-1-2 record that includes 25 knockouts. Quigg has won five of his last six fights, and he’s coming off a November win over Oleg Yefimovych (29-2-1). Quigg is a 29-year-old who stands at 5’8” and has an orthodox stance. Quigg is a power puncher who can be a bit wild with his offense, but when he lands, he can drop just about anyone in this division. Quigg likes to work the inside and does great work to the body to slowdown his opponent. Quigg has stopped 11 of his last 13 fights and his only career loss was against Carl Frampton in 2016. Quigg is a pressure fighter who is relentless with his attack. This will be Quigg’s first career fight in the United States.
Valdez will be in trouble here if he fights a similar fight as he did in his last two bouts. He can’t afford to be passive, slow and take a beating if he hopes to win this contest. Quigg is experienced, the bigger boxer here and has the pressure style, power offense that can drop the young champion. However, I still have to go with Valdez. From a talent standpoint, he’s one of the better young fighters in the world and may be just tapping into his potential. From the quickness, hand speed, movement, power and ability to mix in combinations well, Valdez is tough to bet against as he continues to climb up the rankings.by