Scott Quigg will not become a world champion again if he downs Oscar Valdez in the early hours of Sunday morning as he failed to make the weight, weighing in over two pounds beyond the limit so not given time to try and trim down.
Former WBA bantamweight king Quigg was bidding to claim Valdez’s WBO featherweight title but will now have to settle for a chance at ending the unblemished record of his opponent, although he is justifiably the underdog.
Quigg has won all three of his fights fairly comfortably since stepping up to the nine stone mark – but the Mexican star is clearly his biggest test to date.
Valdez is unbeaten in 23 contests and 19 of his wins have come inside the distance, although he has claimed his last two victories via unanimous decisions since stepping up to world level and becoming the WBO champion.
An apologetic Quigg is 33/10 to claim a victory by any method but if he is to beat Valdez in Carson, California, he may well have to become the first man to stop the 27-year-old.
Valdez, the heavy 2/11 favourite, does invite trouble on occasion as he is an aggressive fighter so Quigg may get some decent shots away if he can get on the front foot, but the Mexican is a durable warrior so it will take a huge effort from the former bantamweight world champion.
The Briton is 7/2 to win by KO, TKO or Disqualification and if that is the way you’re planning to go in this fight the later rounds provide the best value, with Quigg to win in rounds 10-12 priced at 13/1.
However, as a Mexican in the USA, Valdez is essentially the ‘home’ fighter and that could prove a decisive factor in a close contest if it does go the distance.
The Nogales native is also well known for his impressive ability to put together combinations so if this one does go to the judges he seems the more likely to be awarded the win, which looks the best option all things considered as a decision or technical decision victory for Valdez pays out at 13/10.
Neither fighter has ever been stopped, and Quigg went through the barrier in his one career loss to Carl Frampton as he fought on after sustaining a broken jaw. Chances are all 12 rounds will be completed, but ultimately Valdez should be able to do enough to secure the win via the judges.
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