The right man won after all the shenanigans
WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over former champion Scott Quigg (34-2-2, 25 KOs). The judges scorecards were 117-111, 117-111 and 118-110.
Valdez was outboxing Quigg in the first three rounds and was able to catch him with solid power shots. Valdez was working behind a pumping jab and very solid body work.
In round four Quigg landed a solid right hand but Valdez seemed to handle it well. Valdez continued to give Quigg trouble with his jab. In the fifth stanza Quigg suffered a cut above his left eye but he started to land more often. At the end of round five Quigg rocked Valdez with a solid hook but Valdez held on and got out of trouble.
Quigg continued to come forward in the sixth while trying to land big shots. Valdez’s mouth was bleeding during the seventh round due to him biting his tongue. While still coming forward Quigg had some success with his right hand in the eighth.
Valdez started picking up the workrate in the ninth round as he was digging hard to the body of Quigg and was able to catch him upstairs. Valdez continued to work Quigg’s body in the tenth. While both fighter’s appeared tired Valdez was simply just letting his hands go and outworking Quigg. Valdez rocked Quigg pretty hard just prior to the bell.
In the final round, Valdez continued to outwork and outland Quigg, who was unable to close the show as they stood and traded until the final bell rang. The win is the biggest of Valdez’s career.
By: Chris Henderson