Sometimes there just seems to be a difference in levels in a fight, you can’t take away the effort that Scott Quigg 34 (25 Koss)-2 (0 KOs)-0 put in against Mexico’s Oscar Valdez 24 (19 KOs)-0-0 but there was a sense that Quigg was always coming off second best, eventually losing a unanimous decision.
Prior to the fight both fighters had failed to impress in their most recent encounters with Valdez looking vulnerable and defensively porous on occasions and Quigg looking rather basic and robotic. One had to think that someone had to raise their game coming into this fight, but immediately you could tell that if Quigg was going to win he’d have to do it the hard way. In the opening rounds there was as expected a clear speed difference as Quigg walked forward as Valdez tried to maintain the range by being active with his jab and throwing plenty of combinations.
The hope was that since Quigg was making Valdez work for the full round, although he wasn’t winning them, that Valdez would start to slow and although Quigg was having success, hurting Valdez in the 8th round Valdez never looked seriously out of his comfort zone and there was only a handful of rounds that Quigg had a shout of winning. The most concerning take away from this fight is that this is now the 3rd fight that Quigg has had after joining up with new trainer Freddie Roach and he doesn’t seem to have made substantial if any improvements since leaving Joe Gallagher. One has to wonder if Quigg has found his level or if the move to America was really what was best for him.
Make no mistake however Quigg was doing good work on occasion and to last the full 12 against Valdez shows that Quigg definitely has a boxing brain and he did roll and slip punches coming in, but the disparity of smoothness and rhythm was so evident between the two fighters on Saturday, and in such a stacked division Quigg is going to need more than physicality and pressure to win a world title.
As for Valdez there’s a lot of positives to take away, his defensive skills have improved and while he’s no Floyd Mayweather he dealt with the pressure Quigg brought well, and he did show a tremendous engine not significantly slowing in the final rounds.
This has to be a tough loss to take for Quigg, being the second time he’s really stepped up and the second time his boxing skills have really let him down. I think he’ll have to go back the drawing board to have a good think about adding some new facets to his boxing game if he’s going to become anything other than a multiple world title challenger.
For Valdez this is a great win that puts him right up there in the 126 pound division, if Frampton comes through against Donaire and after the Selby and Warrington fight Quigg may not be the last Brit that Valdez finds himself up against.
It was a clash of unbeaten Americans at Super Featherweight as Andy Vences 20 (12 KOs)-0 (0 KOs)-1 and Erick De Leon 17 (10 KOs)-0-1 battled it out for a hard fought majority draw on the chief undercard.