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Top Rank on ESPN results: Oscar Valdez beats Scott Quigg in bloody battle!

Oscar Valdez had to show tons of heart to fight off a bigger man in Scott Quigg.

Oscar Valdez v Miguel Marriaga Photo by Harry How/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

It was a fight tailor-made for Stub Hub! Oscar Valdez and Scott Quigg went to war over 12 rounds of back and forth action that ultimately had Valdez winning a unanimous decision on official scores of 117-111, 117-111, and 118-110. I scored the fight a little closer, 116-112 for Valdez. But don’t be fooled by the scorecards, this was truly an action-packed fight with both fighters giving and taking tons of punishment.

Valdez come out with almost a frantic pace, hammering Quigg to the body and flashing his hand speed to the point where I thought Quigg might not make it through the fight at that rate. Quigg, who had missed weight by nearly 3lbs, proved otherwise though, continually walking through all incoming fire and getting in his own shots against Valdez which were doing some damage.

By the fifth round Quigg was sporting a cut over his left eye, but Valdez would be spilling his own blood, with it constantly pouring out of his mouth at frightening rate. It would continue to do so for the remainder of the fight.

Valdez would admit after the fight that Quigg had broken a number of his teeth, causing the tremendous amounts of bleeding. But Valdez still didn’t back down, showcasing his heart and conditioning as he continued to fire flurry after flurry just to keep Quigg off of him as much as he could. And as the action continued to heat up, both fighters continued taking turns getting in a lot of clean shots, but in the end Valdez just outworked Quigg over the distance. It was brutal, though!

CompuBox stats had Valdez landing 238 of 915 punches (26%), with Quigg landing 143 of 595 (24%).

With the win Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs) retains WBO featherweight title, while Quigg (34-2-2) has to go back to the drawing board. I still wonder, though, if this isn’t the kind of fight that takes something out of Valdez going forward.

In the co-feature super featherweights Andy Vences and Erick De Leon battled to a majority decision draw on official scores of 95-95, 95-95, and 96-94 for De Leon. Quite frankly I thought that was a poor decision and that Vences clearly won the fight. I scored it 98-92 for Vences here on BLH, as I saw Vences clearly outboxing De Leon on the outside for nearly the entire fight, with De Leon struggling to get into his preferred range.

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