News March 2018

Quigg Buzzing for Valdez challenge “I KNOW I'm going to knock him out”

08.03.2018

By Michael J Jones


BURY PUNCHER Scott Quigg is now a veteran of 37 fights but faces arguably the sternest test of his whole career at the Stubhub Center on Saturday night. Reigning WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez is 23-0 with nineteen knock-outs and appears to have few obvious weaknesses. A former out-standing amateur, the 27 year old Sonora star has dazzled for much of his young career and claimed the WBO belt two years ago with a KO over undefeated Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda.

The WBO ruler will be making the fourth defence against the English-man and is a big favourite for many. Quigg is undaunted in his underdog role however. The former long-time WBA super-bantamweight champion, who has only lost once to bitter rival Carl Frampton, Quigg is 3-0 on the comeback trail and is promising a huge performance come Saturday night.

Speaking exclusively to Livefight.com, the 29 year old challenger reveals all has gone well in camp for his WBO title challenge.

“Training has gone great, all the hard work is done and now all that remains now is the fight” Scott tells Livefight from California. “I've been here for ten weeks now and the camp and everything I've been working on has gone to plan.”

“Although Freddie (Roach) has only been my trainer a relatively short period of time, I've been coming over to the Wild Card since 2009 so it's not been hard to settle in. I got to know Freddie well and he said if I ever decided to come over here (to the US), he'd like to train me which is a great compliment.”

“This is the third camp we've completed together (since Quigg departed from long-time coach Joe Gallagher), and definitely the best one so far. It helps that the fight is in LA as I love it over here.”

Oscar Valdez has very fast hands, throws beautiful combination punches and hits with sharp power. None of the champion's strengths appear to be fazing his challenger though. Quigg hits with speed and power of his own and also has the edge in experience.

“I'm not giving anything away at what I can exploit when fighting Oscar Valdez, but I saw things in his last fight against Servania I feel I can use to my advantage. Servania was trying things which were working and I'd already seen certain things so I know I was right and I've got more things to work on.”

In his last fight against Genesis Servania, Valdez was given a stern argument over twelve rounds before prevailing by a unanimous decision. Servania, 29-0 going in, didn't have a huge skill-set but made up for that with a relentless and awkward style and floored Valdez for a flash knock-down in round four before shaking the champion up later in the fight.

Valdez had to dig deep before scoring a knock-down of his own and pounding out the decision victory in an exciting contest.

“I know absolutely I have the power to hurt Valdez and, trust me, I don't see this fight going the full distance as I am very confident I can stop him” says Quigg with the utmost confidence. “He will have learned from the knock-downs he suffered so I expect the very best version of Oscar Valdez on Saturday night.”


Many people are calling Valdez the house fighter for Saturday's intriguing fight but Quigg argues there will be no problems concerning “home cooking” in the big fight.

“There are no worries from my point of view. I know what I have to do. I have based myself in Los Angeles for the last three camps, so in some ways, this is my home-town too. The Californian judges have a good reputation for getting score-cards right and I'll have plenty of support on the night from my family and friends. I'm just going to to go out and do what I do so I don't think the judges will even be required.”

After impressive victories over Jose Cayetano, Viorel Simion and Oleg Yefimovych since his rise to the featherweight ranks, there seems several different avenues Quigg could have taken his career but he was adamant he wanted to step up and face Valdez.

“I've always said I want to fight the best fighters out there and be in big fights and that's what I got into boxing for” says Scott. “I want to face the best to test myself and I'll only know how good I really am if I fight the best. I respect Valdez and his team for taking this fight and I think they may have underestimated me and they'll come to regret that. He is probably the most avoided featherweight out there and that's for the reason of him being a dangerous opponent but I'm very confident I can beat him.”

The last fight Quigg was involved in which generated this kind of attention was against Irishman Carl Frampton who edged a split decision two years ago. Does the Lancashire ace see a belated rematch with Frampton should he be victorious on Saturday night?

“Listen, I'm the first to admit I got my tactics wrong against Carl Frampton but I still feel I can beat him. He went his way and I went mine (after the two men's contest), but when I beat Valdez, I'll have a world title and everyone will want to fight me. I'll be in the driving seat but, yes, a rematch could be on the cards at some stage.”

“Of my domestic rivals I'd rate (IBF champion) Lee Selby the highest and I think he's a good fighter. I really am fully concentrating at the moment on Oscar Valdez but there are scores of big fights out there once I've come through Saturday. Leo Santa Cruz could be another big fight in the near future.”

“I'd like to thank Eddie Hearn, Matchroom boxing, Bob Arum, Top Rank, Oscar Valdez for giving me an opportunity, Freddie Roach and all of the rest of 'Team Quigg' plus my fans and sponsors; JD Sports, Morson and Kratomkong. I'm absolutely buzzing for this fight and can't wait for the first bell.”

“It really doesn't bother me in the slightest being the underdog in this fight. It'll be me and him and nobody else in that ring and I'll have plenty of support in the Stubhub on the night. The Mexican's might boo me on the way into the ring but they'll be cheering me when I'm leaving I promise you.”

“I predict this will be a terrific toe-to-toe contest and I will be the winner by knock-out at some point.”


Livefight would like to thank Scott and Paul Speak for this interview and for speaking to us so near the big fight.

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