Scott Quigg’s chance to win the WBO featherweight title on Saturday night is out the window, but his fight with titleholder Oscar Valdez is still on.
Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KO) missed weight on Friday, coming in at 128.8 pounds, nearly three pounds heavier than the limit of 126. Valdez (23-0, 19 KO) weighed in at 125.8.
Quigg, who will pay Valdez $10,000 for missing weight, apologized after:
“I’m so focused and disciplined. [Thursday] I was 3 pounds over, which is normal. I tried and I tried. There’s nothing more that I could do. I apologize to Oscar and his team. I’ve got to stay focused on the fight. But [missing weight] is not acceptable. We’ll deal with it. I apologize to everybody.”
For his part, Valdez isn’t focusing on it:
“It won’t be any different for me. I did my job,” Valdez said. “The result will be the same. I’ll come out with the win. I’ll be ready.”
Quigg, 29, didn’t get a chance to try and shed the weight. The fight is in California, where if a fighter misses weight by over two pounds, they are not allowed to try and lose the excess weight, with the commission believing it’s unsafe to try and lose that much at the last minute, which is probably correct.