Oscar Valdez Survives a Bloody, Brutal War with Scott Quigg
March 11, 2018
Anthony Saldana (68 articles)
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Oscar Valdez Survives a Bloody, Brutal War with Scott Quigg

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Saturday night in front of a rain soaked crowd at “War Grounds” more commonly known as the Stubhub Center in Carson, California Top Rank Boxing brought fight fans what could have possibly been the Fight of the year candidate for the first part of 2018, as the WBO Featherweight World Champion Oscar Valdez (24-0, 19 KO’s), from Nogales, Mexico, made the fourth defense of his title against the former WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (34-2-2, 25 KO’s), a from Bury, England. Valdez started the fight firing on all cylinders landing big body shots and hard combinations early and often. As Quigg who entered the fight with a injured foot looked slow and didn’t seem to have an answer for the former two time Mexican Olympian. Valdez continued to punish Quigg who failed to make weight for the championship bout and that really seemed to help the UK fighter as he took the best that Valdez had to offer. It was in the fifth round during a heated exchange that Valdez caught Quigg with a hard right that opened up a cut over Quigg’s left eye. Quigg quickly fired back with a brutal combination that seemed to break the Jaw of Valdez, Quigg continued to land at will, as blood flowed out of the mouth of the battered Valdez.  Both fighter continued to go toe to toe in the center of the ring when in the seventh Valdez landed a flush right hand that broke the nose of Quigg leaving him a bloody mess going into the corner at the end of the round. The back and forth bloody battle continued and in the eleventh round Quigg landed a hard low blow dropping Valdez, referee Dr. Lou Moret called for time and gave Valdez a chance to recover. Both fighter fought valiantly and after twelve hard fought rounds the judges returned with the scores of 118-110, 117-111 (Twice). According to CompuBox, Valdez landed 238 of 914 punches (26 percent), while Quigg connected with 143 of 595 blows (24 percent). “I have always said that I want to fight the best, and tonight I beat a great fighter in a hell of a war,” said Valdez, “I’m proud of myself and my team.” Valdez went on to say “Scott’s a tremendous fighter. Look what he did to my teeth, smiling with a bloody mouth before being transported to Harbor UCLA Medical Center for an examination. “Much respect to him. It was a war. He caught me with some good shots. He’s a tough fighter. It’s boxing. He gets hit, I get hit.”

In the Co-main event of the night and a fight I truly expected to steal the show, but never really lived up to expectations, two world class undefeated Top Rank prospects Andy Vences (20-0-1, 12 KO’s), from San Jose, California and Erick De Leon (17-0-1, 10 KOs), fought a very technical fight to a majority draw. Vences used a solid jab and his reach advantage to keep De Leon at bay throughout much of the fight. De Leon tried to cut off the ring several times and seemed to be the aggressor landing the harder shots but it was good ring generalship and overall solid boxing that was winning the rounds for Vences. There was a lot of back and forth in the late rounds, making it a difficult fight to score. And after ten rounds of action two judges scored it 95-95, and one judge had it 96-94 for De Leon. Vences won the 10th round on all three scorecards to get a draw. After the fight Vences stated “Come on, I showed ring generalship. I hurt him a couple of times. I hurt him in the last round, I know I wasn’t as active, but the shots I was throwing were powerful. That’s what the pro game is about. It’s the hurt game. It’s not the amateur game.” De Leon had this to say “It was a really good fight, but I think I won. I landed the hardest shots. He never hurt me. Those were 10 rounds of pure pressure where I had him walking backwards the whole way. I really think I won the fight.” De Leon fought despite the absence of his trainer, Robert Garcia, who was in San Antonio for his brother Mikey Garcia’s junior welterweight title shot against Sergey Lipinets. Instead, Robert Garcia Jr. ran the corner.

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