Oscar Valdez and Scott Quigg both embrace marquee match-up

Undefeated WBO featherweight titlist Oscar Valdez. Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

 

On March 10, live from the StubHub Center, in Carson, California, undefeated, 126-pound powerhouse Oscar Valdez, 23-0 (19), will take on the toughest challenge of his career when he faces Britain’s former WBA junior featherweight champion Scott Quigg, 34-1-2 (25) (ESPN, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. ET).

 

Also slotted for the undercard are Los Angeles junior welterweight Arnold Barboza Jr. against Mike Reed, of Waldorf, Maryland, in a 10-round bout and Oklahoma junior welterweight Alex Saucedo and Brazil’s title-bound middleweight Esquiva Falcao.

 

Fast-rising female phenom, Mikaela Mayer, 3-0 (2), of Los Angeles will also make her fourth appearance in a lightweight contest.

 

Valdez, one of boxing’s most explosive fighters will be making the fourth defense of the WBO title he won back in July of 2016.

 

In recent interviews, both fighters, while very respectful of one another, believe they will leave the ring victorious. Both fighters are also relishing the opportunity to face the toughest opponent of their respective careers.

 

“I know that my March 10 world title defense against Scott Quigg will be a fun one for all the boxing fans because our styles combine perfectly to make a real war,” Valdez said.

 

Valdez is also looking to make his mark in this bout to show that he is, without a doubt, the best featherweight in the world.

 

“As usual, on March 10, I will leave it all in the ring at StubHub Center to show everyone that I’m one of the best featherweights in the world,” he said.

 

Lancashire, England’s Quigg, who trains in Hollywood, California, with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, said he is very excited to get in the ring and, like Valdez, is very confident he will leave the ring a champion.

 

“This is a fight that I’m really looking forward to. It’s a great fight,” Quigg said. “This is a great opportunity for me, making my U.S. debut on a great platform on ESPN. This is a fight that excites me.”

 

Both fighters have found success in their careers as champions but know the high-profile fights reach the large audiences and spread their respective brands. And both fighters know a win in this bout will cement their position as the elite class among 126-pounders.

 

“These are the sort of fights I want to be involved in and with Oscar Valdez,” said Quigg. “I don’t think they come much bigger than that over here in America and the featherweight division. Top Rank are trying to build him into the next star. He’s 23-0 with 19 knockouts and has not really put a foot wrong but these are the challenges I want and I, 100 percent, believe I will become world champion on March 10.”

 

In Valdez, we have a fighter who craves challenges and has long said his goal is to face the very best boxing has to offer.

 

“We are more than ready to go to war and defend the title at all costs on March 10,” Valdez said. “We know him very well and we know that his style, in combination with mine, is the perfect storm that will give the fans a great show. This will be my fourth world title defense and I have learned a lot from my battles against warriors like Miguel Marriaga and Genesis Servania. Now I have an even more difficult fight against Scott Quigg. We are well-prepared for whomever. This title stays with me in Mexico.”

 

Folks, styles make fights and if what’s on paper leads to product, we may have an early candidate for “Fight of the Year” in Valdez-Quigg.

 

 

 

Questions and comments can be sent to Bill Tibbs at hwtibbs@shaw.ca and you can follow him at twitter.com/tibbs_bill.

 

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