Saturday, March 10, Oscar Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs) will defend his WBO Featherweight title against Scott Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KOs) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on ESPN.
The 29-year-old former WBA Super Bantamweight champion, Scott Quigg is moving up in weight to chase a new title shot. The current champ, Oscar Valdez is unbeaten and looking to keep it that way Saturday night.
This fight is expected to be an all-out war–Valdez is known to be extremely aggressive in the ring and Quigg seldom takes a step back. Valdez’s record speaks for itself. Valdez has a total of 23 fights and 19 knockouts, speaking to his enormous punishing power. Though Quigg does not have a perfect record, his single loss came in a clash against his fellow countryman Carl Frampton.
Oscar Valdez is looking to become the newest Mexican boxing phenomenon and hopes to begin his legacy amongst the current talented and very popular fighters of Mexico, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Abner Mares and Leo Santa Cruz.
On the other hand, Scott Quigg will be making his US debut Saturday night and looks to shake up the boxing world with a victory over Valdez.
A little over a year ago, Quigg moved to Los Angeles to train under Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym. Freddie Roach labeled Quigg as “a dream come true,” expressing the fact that he is a dedicated student and no one should ever question if he’ll get tired in a fight because he works so hard in the gym every day.
Roach is more than confident in his fighter going into this weekend’s fight, “Valdez is a very tough guy,” said Roach (via Sky Sports). “He comes to fight. Pretty good left hook, big overhand right, pretty methodical. We can read him and we can beat him with speed and so forth. The thing is–a lot of people don’t understand the power he [Quigg] has. He has tremendous power also and I wouldn’t be surprised if he knocks this guy out.”
A lot is on the line for these two rising stars going into Saturday night’s fight– both are looking to boost their reputation to set up even bigger fights in the talent-filled weight class.
Stylistically this fight will not disappoint, boxing fans can expect an epic battle between Oscar Valdez and Scott Quigg. You will not want to miss this fight- tune into ESPN Saturday night, 10:30 pm, EST.
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