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  Valdez Takes Victory In Grueling Battle With Quigg

By William Trillo


Featherweight Oscar Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs) and Scott Quigg (35-1-2, 25 KOs) 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 wasnt 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 fight.

Super featherweight Andy Vences (20-0-1, 12 KOs) and Erick De Leon (17-0-1, 10 KOs) 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 KOs) took on the home town kid Arnold Barboza Jr (18-0, 6 KOs) and the outcome wasnt 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 wasnt 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 KOs) and Abner Lopez (25-9, 21 KOs) put on a nice slugfest for the first six rounds of a battle for Sasucedos 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 wasnt 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 KOs) remained undefeated with a fifth round TKO over Abdiel Ramirez (23-3-1, 21 KOs).

Middleweight Esquiva Falcao (20-0, 14 KOs) dropped Salim Larbi (20-9-2, 7 KOs) 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 KOs) made former USA Olympic team member Devin Vargas (20-5, 8 KOs) 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 mark.

Lightweight Mikaela Mayer (4-0, 3 KOs) made quick work of Maria Semertzoglou (7-4, 2 KOs) 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.


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