Valdez Beats Quigg in Bloody Brawl

Oscar Valdez Jr. scored a unanimous decision over Scott Quigg to retain the WBO Featherweight Championship on March 10.

This championship bout went on despite Quigg missing weight for the title fight, making him unable to win the title.

Valdez pressed the action early on, coming out and firing early, but Quigg was able to recover by the end of the first. In the second, Valdez overpowered Quigg once again, overwhelming him with multiple hard shots to the body. Quigg got things back on track a bit in the third, imposing his size advantage, but he was still getting hit hard by the champion’s punches.

Quigg’s game improved in the fourth in that while he was still eating shots, he was beginning to walk through them. As a result, the fifth round started with both men firing away. Quigg was able to rock Valdez, especially with a left hook that connected with the champion’s chin. The would’ve-been challenger didn’t escape the round unscratched, however, as a cut formed above his left eye.

Quigg continued to work over Valdez in the sixth, busting him open around the mouth, but Quigg was warned by the ref after throwing the champion to the canvas. After dominating seventh and eighth rounds from Quigg, Valdez came back strong in the ninth, as he fought through the bleeding and pain to give some to Quigg, as the two traded away until the bell.

Quigg managed to get Valdez’s back against the ropes in the 10th, but Valdez fired back and outwork him. Quigg came out with possibly some of his strongest stuff in the 11th, looking for a finishing blow. But time is called before the end-of-the-round bell, as Quigg hit Valdez below the belt. Between the time of the low blow and bell, though, Valdez shook up Quigg with a hard shot. And the final round saw both men, battered and bloodied, swinging away until the end of the fight.

The judges gave the bout to Valdez, 117-111, 117-111, 118-110.

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