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Valdez vs Quigg - The Battle Of Carson City

The Battle Of Carson City

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FIGHT REVIEW: Valdez vs Quigg - The Battle of Carson City

By Aaron Cooper

 

Oscar Valdez refused to let torrential winds, his opponent missing weight nor the pouring rain stop him from retaining his WBO Featherweight title. But as predicted he was made to fight the fight of his life against challenger and former World Super Bantamweight Champion, Bury's Scott Quigg. 

 

Both men left it all in the ring, in what was a bloody gruesome battle. A battle that will live long in the memory of boxing fans everywhere, and a battle that will leave its combatants in need of time to heal. 

 

Sadly the pre-fight build up drew the wrong kind of attention. The challenger had missed the weight by 2.8 pounds, and even refused to weigh in the following day (the California State Athletic Commission does not allow a fighter to reweigh the same day). The champion's handler's campaigned heavily for the fight not to happen at all. But the champion would not be persuaded, he wanted to punish his opponent, and while he did just that, he was made to fight for it in a bout that cost him a tooth and a broken jaw.

 

The champion was most certainly in charge of the opening rounds. You may recall in my preview that I spoke of Quigg's lack of defence as an offensive fighter. This is something the champion exploited well, landing some heavy leather to the body. The agenda becoming clear, he intended to slow down Quigg's well-known work rate. The challenger's pressure finally began to win over the accurate and precise work of the champion in the fourth round. Quigg's best round coming in the fifth after a short left hook followed by a right hand clearly had Valdez in trouble. By the middle rounds, Valdez mouth was pouring with blood, Quigg had knocked out one of the champion's teeth and fractured his jaw.

 

The champion showed his quality to respond impressively. The champion was beginning to tire by the eighth stanza but some impressive body work meant he had successfully slowed down Quigg's output going into the championship rounds. By the end of the ninth the challenger had been cut over the eye and his nose badly broken; he too would not escape this battle unscathed. 

 

Quigg was left needed a knockout, and he almost got it too. A huge left hook rocked Valdez to his core, but in the process of following up the challenger landed a clear low blow. Allowing Valdez to recover, the champion ended the eleventh with a hard left of his own.

 

In the 12th and final round both men threw everything, including the kitchen sink, at each other. As the final bell tolled, both men embraced. Valdez regained his title after all three judges awarded him fight, returning scores of 117-111, 117-111 & 118-110. 

 

Quigg now slips to 34-2-2. He lost the fight, twenty percent of his purse, broke his nose and apparently fractured his foot in training (the reason he was unable to cut the weight). The cost of war proved very high. 

 

The champion will move on. He is a champion in a red-hot division with fighters like Carl Frampton, Lee Selby, Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares and Gary Russell Jr. He has a plethora of options, but if a unification bout is what he desires he will have to play the waiting game, but something tells me after this fight, he won't mind waiting too much.