Scott Quigg Makes US Debut in Championship fight with Oscar Valdez at the Stubhub Center
March 6, 2018
Anthony Saldana (84 articles)

Scott Quigg Makes US Debut in Championship fight with Oscar Valdez at the Stubhub Center

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña


Saturday night at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California the WBO Featherweight World Champion Oscar Valdez (23-0, 19 KO’s), from Nogales, Mexico, will be making the fourth defense of his title against the former WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KO’s), a from Bury, England. In his last bout September 22nd in Tucson, Arizona, Valdez the two time Mexican Olympian, went to war with the Filipino, Genesis Servania. A bout where both fighters tasted the canvas, but Valdez came away unanimous decision victory. Now Saturday night the Mexican world champion will again have his hands full with the once beaten Quigg. “I know that my world title defense against Scott Quigg will be a fun one for all the boxing fans because our styles combine perfectly to make a real war,”  Valdez said. “As usual, I will leave it all in the ring at Stubhub Center to show everyone that I’m one of the best featherweights in the world.” To prepare for this championship bout Valdez and his team took camp from Southern California to Guadalajara, Mexico, where he trained at more 5,000 feet above sea level and lived in a room above the gym, with his stablemates and Manager Frank Espinoza.“It was a perfect training camp. I’m already close to weight, so I’m ready to go,” Valdez said. “At training camp in Guadalajara, we were pretty much living in the gym. I didn’t have to stay here in California, where I had an hour or more drive to the gym. We put in the extra hours in the gym. Now I’m ready. I’m more anxious than anything.” Valdez went on to say. “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. I’m going to keep working hard and give the people what they want, which are great fights.” Scott Quigg however has other plans. Quigg who’s only loss came at the hands of Carl Frampton looks to make a huge splash in his US debut. At a recent media workout Quigg stated “I respect all fighters. I respect Oscar as a fighter. I respect his trainer, Manny Robles. This is a voluntary defense. They didn’t have to pick me, so it shows that they want to fight the best. But, they definitely made a mistake picking me. Becoming a two-weight champion would probably be the biggest achievement of my career. They probably think I will be crushed by the occasion but they had better think again.”


Both Valdez and Quigg are come forward fighters, so I don’t expect this fight to go to the cards, unless Quigg uses his speed and boxes. With Freddy Roach in Quigg’s corner that’s going to be very unlikely. This fight will definitely bring fireworks while it last, but the power of Valdez will be too much for the UK fighter. I don’t know if Valdez will knockout Quigg, but I do know even if Quigg’s chin holds up, the punishment Valdez gives him will force the corner or the referee to call a halt to the bout. My prediction Valdez with a middle to late round stoppage.


In the Co-main event of the night and a fight I truly expect to steal the show, two world class undefeated Top Rank prospects Andy Vences (20-0, 12 KO’s), from San Jose, California and Erick De Leon (17-0, 10 KOs), a very dangerous southpaw from Detroit will go war for the WBC Continental Americas and WBO International Super Featherweight Titles. De Leon who has won five of his last six fights by knockout is trained by Robert Garcia and is confident he’ll walk away with a victory over Vences Saturday night. “My hand will be raised on March 10th. I’m focused and very hungry to become a world champion very soon,” De Leon said. “We are ready for war. I’m going to give it my all to bring that championship to Detroit and celebrate with all my Latin people and all of those who support me.” For the champion Vences, he grew up fighting, he became a boxer at the age of 13 after years of training in MMA. Vences went on to win three consecutive Golden Gloves in a row before turning pro in 2012 and eventually signing with Top Rank in 2015. Now Vences will look to get one step closer to a world championship with a victory this Saturday night. In a recent interview with Lucas Ketelle, Vences spoke about his upcoming fight and attributed much of his success to his late manager Herb Stone. Vences also talked about titles and stated “I fight for more than belts and fame, I fight for myself, my family and our future”


One very big factor that may come into play Saturday night is that De Leon’s coach, Robert Garcia will more than likely be in the corner of his brother Mikey, who will be fighting in Texas on the same day. That alone has all the makings to affect De Leon mentally. I expect Vences to take DeLeon into deep waters and use his overall ring generalship to out box and out perform De Leon who has been very inactive and did not look very impressive against Adones Aguleo last August. My prediction Vences by unanimous decision.



Also on the card


Super Lightweights – Mike Reed (23-1, 12 KO’s) vs Arnold Barbosa (17-0, 6 KO’s)


Super Lightweights – Alex Saucedo (26-0, 16 KO’s) vs Abner Lopez (28-5, 21 KO’s)


Welterweights – Maxim Dadashev (9-0, 8 KO’s) vs Abdiel Ramirez (23-2-1, 21 KO’s)


Middleweights -Esquiva Falcao (19-0, 13 KO’s) vs Salim Larbi (20-8, 7 KO’s)


Heavyweights – Andy Ruiz Jr (29-1, 19 KO’s) vs Devin Vargas (20-4, 8 KO’s)


Lightweights – Mikaela Mayer (3-0, 2 KO’s) vs Maria Semertzoglou (7-3, 2 KO’s)


Lightweights – Bryan Lua (3-0) vs Jesus Arevalo (2-2)


The Valdez vs. Quigg world championship fight, along with Vences vs. De Leon, will be televised live and exclusively at 10:30 p.m. EST on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and streaming live on the ESPN App. Additional undercard bouts will be shown on the ESPN App beginning at 8 p.m. EST





Anthony Saldana