By Allan McGoldrick (@AMCGUK)
WBO World featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (24-0-19 KOs) remains undefeated in his fourth defence of his WBO title beating former WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (34-2-2-25 KOs) by a brutal 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the StubHub Arena in Carson, California.
Valdez was hurt several times in the fight from big head shots and it appears he may have broken his jaw whilst Quigg has a broken nose, there is every chance they will share a hospital ward after this one, although Quigg did not make weight the fight did go ahead and now could be one of the fight of the year candidates.
The judges scores were 117-111, 117-111 and 118-110 Valdez.
Valdez came out setting a frantic pace, hammering Quigg to the body and flashing his hand speed to the point where Quigg might not make it through the fight at that rate. Quigg, however, known for his work rate and durability was never going to back down, continually walking through all incoming shots and getting in his own shots against Valdez which were hurting the Mexican.
In the fifth round Quigg was sporting a cut over his left eye, Valdez also bleeding from the mouth, it would continue to be a bloody affair for the remainder of the fight.
Valdez still not backing down, showing heart and conditioning as he continued to fire flurry after flurry just to keep Quigg off of him as much as he could, as the action continued both fighters continued taking turns getting off clean shots, however in the end Valdez just outworking Quigg over the distance.
Valdez admitted after the fight “He (Quigg) had Broken a couple of my teeth that’s why there was a lot of blood and he was getting his jaw checked as precaution.
Quigg admitted “He thought the fight was closer than the score cards suggested however went on to say the right man won”
Although the build up to this fight was quite controversial in terms of weight issues, and it is likely Quigg will be fined, both fighters deserve a bonus.
Elsewhere on the card.
Bryan Lua stopped Jesus Arevalo by first round TKO
Mikaela Mayer stopped Maria Semertzoglou by first round TKO
Esquiva Falcao stopped Salim Larbi by first round TKO
Andy Ruiz Jr stopped Devin Vargas by first round TKO
Alex Saucedo stopped Abner Lopez by seventh round TKO.
Andy Vences vs. Erick De Leon majority draw.
Arnold Barboza Jr UD over Mike Reed.by