Oscar Valdez v Scott Quigg: Teak tough Bury boy likely to fall short

Cian Carroll | 10 March 2018

Can Quigg cause an upset at the StubHub Center?

Scott Quigg faces reigning WBO world featherweight champion Oscar Valdez in Los Angeles in the early hours of this Sunday morning.

It will be Quigg’s fourth fight at featherweight having moved up a weight after his defeat to Carl Frampton just over two years ago.

Quigg has moved out to America since then, training with Manny Pacquiao coach, Freddie Roach.

He faces a tough task going up against the unbeaten Mexican, Valdez, who will make his fourth title defence against Quigg. The big question is, can the Bury boy strip his title from him?

The Coral News Team have great admiration for Quigg. He’s an incredibly tough fighter. Although he lost to Frampton in that much-hyped 2016 fight, it’s easy to forget Quigg had broken his jaw against the Jackal in the fourth round that night.

The 29-year-old still took Frampton the distance and lost on a split decision. Although, even that was a little generous.

However, Valdez is certainly not unbeatable. Yes, he’s won each one of his 23 professional fights to date. But the Sonora native has been knocked down a couple of times before and was in serious trouble in his last fight against Genesis Servania.

Servania rocked him with a big right to the head that dropped him to the canvas. After gathering himself, Valdez saw out an action-packed bout and won by unanimous decision.

Can Quigg match that sort of shot? Probably not – at least not unless the Mexican becomes complacent or sloppy.

For all Quigg’s durability and technical prowess, unfortunately, he doesn’t have concussive power. He does hold a 68% knockout record. But the majority of those stoppages were at bantamweight.

Against a hot prospect in Valdez, the Briton is going to have to pull out all the stops to get a result. If he can’t knock him out, which is unlikely, he’ll need to outwork him.

Valdez threw 697 punches in that tear ‘em up against Servania. In comparison, Quigg threw just 322 against Frampton, who arguably fights with a Mexican-style.

That disparity in volume could be vital come fight not on Saturday night, Sunday morning. Valdez is 3/10 to record the win and retain his belt. Quigg is out at 5/2.

It’s 4/5 the fight goes the distance, with Valdez coming out on top by Decision/Technical Decision at 11/8.

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