By John J. Raspanti
Ignoring the pain of a broken jaw, WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez remained undefeated by winning a brutal 12-round unanimous decision over weight-challenged Scott Quigg at the StubHub Center in rainy Carson, CA. Saturday night.
Scores were 117-111 twice, and 118-110. Maxboxing scored the fight 117-111 for Valdez.
When not brawling, Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs) outboxed Quigg (34-2-1, 25 KOs) throughout the bout, tattooing the Englishman with combinations and perfectly placed left hooks to the gut.
Fan favorite Valdez had said before the fight that he would make Quigg “pay” for failing to make weight on Friday. Quigg missed the weight limit of 126 pounds by almost three pounds, which infuriated Valdez.
Quigg, who apologized for his lapse in weight management, kept after Valdez, walking through punches and landing wicked right hands. A Valdez left opened a cut near Quigg’s left eye in round five.
Both fighters traded vicious shots in the next stanza. Valdez went back to his corner with a bloody mouth, later determined to be a broken jaw, and a dislodged tooth.
No matter, Valdez continued to box well--blasting Quigg with a variety of blows. Told he needed a knockout to win, Quigg applied more pressure in the championship rounds. He tagged Valdez with more rights hands, but the defending champion absorbed them and fired back effectively. The war continued until the final bell rang—as the rain soaked boxing fans screamed their approval.
Valdez gave Quigg, who appeared to have suffered a broken nose, credit after the fight.
"Scott’s a tremendous fighter. Look what he did to my teeth," Valdez said. "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."
"I thought it might have been a round or two closer," said Quigg.