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Oscar Valdez has jaw wired shut following brutal fight with Scott Quigg

Valdez will be sitting on the sidelines for the foreseeable future.

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.

According to an ESPN report, WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez didn’t require surgery to repair the broken jaw he suffered in his taxing fight with Scott Quigg this past weekend. But he did have to get the jaw reset and wired shut, which will keep him out of action for a lengthy period of time.

Frank Espinoza, Valdez’s manager, says the fighter will continue to have his mouth fenced-up for the next five to six weeks.

“Right now, Oscar just needs to rest,” Espinoza said. “He has a follow-up appointment on Friday. I’m very proud of Oscar. He showed a lot of grit. He went seven rounds with a broken jaw. He’s got a big heart. I’ve always said he had that warrior spirit and he showed it against Quigg. There’s no quit in Oscar. But now it’s time for him to relax and get better. I don’t even want him to think about boxing.”

Although there’s no specific timetable for Valdez to be cleared to fight again, it’s believed that he’ll like be out for at least the rest of the year.

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