Victory In Grueling Battle With Quigg
By William Trillo
Featherweight Oscar Valdez (24-0, 19 KO’s) and Scott Quigg
(35-1-2, 25 KO’s) put on a great show for the rain drenched
fans at The Stub Hub arena in Carson California. For a fight
that was almost scrapped due to Quigg coming overweight this
was a very competitive and entertaining bout.
Quigg looked the much bigger fighter from the onset and as
the fight ensued it looked like he was getting bigger and
bigger. Valdez on the other hand, though the smaller man was
landing more shots and was generally in control of the early
rounds. But the size of his opponent was becoming a factor
and by the mid rounds Valdez was spitting blood by the
mouthful, always a sign of a possible jaw fracture.
With momentum seemingly moving his way Quigg hurt Valdez and
had the champ in trouble. It wasn’t enough to deter the
young champion and Valdez came back to keep himself in
control of the fight.
The closing rounds were rugged as both men threw heavy
leather with both hands. It was a fan friendly battle that
appeared much closer than the final tally that gave Valdez
the unanimous decision victory. Scores read 117-111 twice
and 118-110 all in favor of Valdez who retained his World
Boxing Organization World Featherweight Title.
After the fight Top Ranks Lee Samuels said that Oscar
suffered a broken jaw around the fifth round. He was
immediately taken to the hospital after the fight. Quigg was
also well worn from the grueling battle suffering a cut over
his left eye that required stitches. It was a brutal title
Super featherweight Andy Vences (20-0-1, 12 KO’s) and Erick
De Leon (17-0-1, 10 KO’s) went at each other for ten rounds
in a fight that had both the World Boxing Council
Continental Americas Super Featherweight Title & vacant
World Boxing Organization International Super Featherweight
Title on the line. The rain soaked crowd was less than
pleased with the ho-hum affair. In the end the bout was
scored 95-95, 96-94 for De Leon and 95-95 leaving the crowd
even more disappointed with a majority decision draw.
Super lightweight Mike Reed (23-2, 12 KO’s) took on the home
town kid Arnold Barboza Jr (18-0, 6 KO’s) and the outcome
wasn’t good for Reed. The young fighter from El Monte,
California made good use of the entire ring and boxed well
over the course of ten rounsd. Reed hurt Barboza a few times
but it wasn’t enough to keep Barboza at bay. In the end the
local fighter was given the unanimous decision nod 97-93 on
two cards and 96 94.
Super lightweight Alex Saucedo (27-0, 17 KO’s) and Abner
Lopez (25-9, 21 KO’s) put on a nice slugfest for the first
six rounds of a battle for Sasucedo’s WBO Latino and NABA
USA Titles. But in round seven Saucedo uncorked a picture
perfect hook to the liver that dropped Lopez like a ton of
bricks. There was no need for the ref to count, Lopez wasn’t
gonna be getting up anytime soon. For the record the bout
came to an end at 1:18 of round 7.
Welterweight Maxim Dadashev (10-0, 8 KO’s) remained
undefeated with a fifth round TKO over Abdiel Ramirez
(23-3-1, 21 KO’s).
Middleweight Esquiva Falcao (20-0, 14 KO’s) dropped Salim
Larbi (20-9-2, 7 KO’s) twice in round 1 with crisp left
hands before the ref bailed him out stopping the fight at
the 2:06 mark of the first stanza.
Heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr (30-1, 20 KO’s) made former USA
Olympic team member Devin Vargas (20-5, 8 KO’s) look like a
Ham & Egger. Ruiz dropped Vargas twice in round one before
the ref called an end to the battle of big boys at the 1:38
Lightweight Mikaela Mayer (4-0, 3 KO’s) made quick work of
Maria Semertzoglou (7-4, 2 KO’s) stopping her foe at the 35
second mark of round 1.
Lightweight Bryan Lua (4-0, 1 KO) wasted little time with
Jesus Arevalo (2-3) as he dispatched his foe with one clean
right hand midway through the first round. The ref was
waving this one off before Arevalo had a chance to hit the
deck. Officially the fight concluded at the 1:21 mark.