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Ringside at the StubHub: Oscar Valdez Survives A War to Keep His Title

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    Under a constant rain WBO featherweight titlist Oscar Valdez was able to overcome the hefty looking Scott Quigg in a brutal war before a small crowd to win by unanimous decision on Saturday.

    “I appreciate the fans coming out in the rain,” said Valdez.

    Under a tarp a bloodied Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs) out-battled a swollen Britain’s Quigg (34-2-2, 25 KOs) over 12 rounds at the StubHub Center to retain the WBO title. That was no optical illusion as the huskier looking British fighter traded ferocious blows with the lighter Mexican fighter for a vicious 12 rounds.

    Quigg was not eligible to capture the title because he failed to make the contracted 126-pound limit on Friday. After several hours on Saturday morning and feverish negotiating between both fighter’s representatives, the fight proceeded despite Quigg refusing to be weighed before the fight.

    No one knew what to expect in the boxing ring.

    Valdez erupted early with body shots and combinations up and down the always advancing Quigg. But as the fight continued the Mexican fighter slowed down and Quigg began to find the range for some occasional big blows. But it was never enough.

    Quigg managed to hurt Valdez a few times but could never follow up. Meanwhile Valdez showed the quicker hands and the quicker feet that allowed him to get in and out of trouble.

    Many wondered if Valdez would tire as he had in previous world title defenses. As expected, he did slow down but managed to retain control of the fight with quick combinations and slipping return fire. That proved the difference in the fight.

    “Scott Quigg is a tremendous fighter,” said Valdez refusing to talk about the weight advantage by his opponent. “He caught me with good shots.”

    After 12 rounds two judges scored it 117-111 and another 118-110 for Valdez. It was the fourth defense of the title for Valdez.

    “Whoever wants to fight me I’m the champion,” said Valdez.

    Other bouts

    In a battle between undefeated super featherweights Andy Vences and Erick De Leon emerged with a majority draw in a 10 rounds of back and forth action. There were no knockdowns in the fight that was controlled early by Vences. Then, De Leon found the key inside of the incoming jabs to change the tone of the fight resulting in two judges scoring it even 95-95 and one 96-94 having it in favor of De Leon. Both fighters expressed disappointment in the decision but a rematch would seem a reasonable result.

    Andy Ruiz (30-1, 20 KOs) fired a one-two combination to knock out Devin Vargas (20-5) in the first round of their heavyweight clash. It was Ruiz’s first return to the ring since losing a majority decision against current heavyweight titlist Joseph Parker over a year ago. Ruiz ended the fight in 1:38 of the round that was stopped by referee Tom Taylor.

    Mikaela Mayer (4-0, 3 KOs) destroyed Maria Semertzoglou (7-4) in a 35 second display of power boxing to win a super featherweight fight that looked far more dangerous during the weigh ins. Despite all of the mugging by the Greek fighter the day before, on fight day Mayer simply stomped her opposition with barely a sweat. A right cross by Mayer stunned Semertzoglou and the taller Californian piled on eight unanswered blows as the Greek fighter hung helplessly on the top strand of the ropes.

    Arnold Barboza (18-0) remained undefeated by unanimous decision over Mike Reed (23-2) after 10 rounds in a super lightweight match. It was Reeds second consecutive loss.

    Alex Saucedo (27-0, 17 KOs) of Oklahoma City knocked out Abner Lopez (25-9) at 1:17 of the seventh round to retain the NABA super lightweight title.

    Brazil’s Esquiva Falcao (20-0, 10 KOs) stopped Salim Larbi (20-9-2) in the first round of their middleweight fight.

    Bryan Lua (4-0) won by stoppage over Jesus Arevalo (2-3) in the first round of their lightweight bout. Lua trains in Indio but is originally from Madera, California.

    Photo credit: Al Applerose

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  • #2
    The more I watch ESPN Boxing the more I question the knucklehead in charge that is pushing the false agenda that they try to promulgate!
    The relieving of Teddy Atlas of his duties as a commentator and anaylist has been unforgiveable and the employment of Steven A Smith as a relevant is unacceptable.
    The fiasco and farce in the corruption of the judges decision against Manny Pacquiao against Jeff Horn had been disgusting in the very least.
    Last night there was a boxing card put on that raised my eyebrows to question the validity and integrety overall of the pigs that are in charge that run this cherished institution.
    The preliminary before the main fight was a championship bout between Rances and DeLeon for a title. The choice of the bout on the nationally televised broadcast had to be one of the most boring championship matches in recent memory Both combatants appeared that they were involved in a choriographed ballet instead of a blood and guts title fight. Were they advised to fight that way to extend the fight to a draw to sell commercial time. To my eye both fighters appeared to me that neither boxer wanted to win. A win win situation for everyone involved. Exposure! Money for the fighters. Massive commercial time sold and no tainted records.
    The main fight, Scott Quigg vs Oscar Valdez raised a red flag right from the beginning, Scott Quigg who was trying to salvage a distinguished career came into the fight 2 lbs overweight which disqualified him for title sanction if he won the fight. The body language of the particulars with their enterage seemed concerned that bullsh was going to fly that was going to beyond both of their control.
    valdez looked terrific in the bout and despite him dealing with a seriously cut mouth, put on a clinic. It is evident from this battle that although Valdez is a master boxer, he possess little power against a formidable opponent.
    Scott Quigg on the other hand trained by Freddie Roach was open and eating punches at an alarming rate and was looking constantly to land the big one. Numerous times he hurt Valdez and didnt follow up. The camera was in Quiggs corner several times and Freddie Roach seemed aloof in his instructions, ( Freddie is definitely a horrible actor). Quigg did not follow up, I have followed Quiggs career somewhat and hes too much of a professional to let that happen; he held back! Something was rotten in Denmark that night!
    The broadcast team leaves alot to be desired in their salesmanship. It sounded like they were trying to sell an Edsell on the open market back in the day! No honesty and blind to acknowledge what was transpiring before them.
    A pagentry of prominant fighters were shown in the audience! Lomachenko? What was he doing there selliing that fight? Why wasnt he present for the Garcia Lippinets fight if he felt the need to see a live match.
    Furthermore in between fights they interviewed an obscure female boxer who happened to represent the US in the olympics from 2016 who was also on that card previously but not televised. Why ignore Heavyweight Contender Andy Ruiz who got a 1st round knockout earlier in the night which was NOT televised. The dude just fought for a title last year which most people thought a controversial decision? Where are the frigun priorities here? Does ESPN stack the deck regardless of fan common sense. Bob Arum has to take some of the heat on this too! I really have no desire to watch ESPN matches ad nauseum anymore! We need a World Wide Commission.


    • #3
      The Valdez-Quigg fight was tremendous. I do think the weight advantage did help Quigg's performance and ultimately was glad to see Valdez win despite that disadvantage.

      The best fight on the card was Saucedo-Lopez. Abner Lopez is no ordinary opponent (he also gave Antonio Orozoco quite a scrap a couple years ago) and gave Saucedo a very tough fight. These two were exchanging big shots throughout in what was at times a phone booth shootout. Great fight and ultimately it was Saucedo's power that broke down Lopez. The end came with a precision body shot from Saucedo that was set up beautifully and the type that we use to see from Mickey Ward.