Tuesday, March 20, 2018  |


Oscar Valdez, Scott Quigg set for featherweight title fight on March 10


Top Rank is rolling into its second year of boxing shows exclusively on ESPN, and the company has another intriguing fight on tap for the spring.

Oscar Valdez, the Mexican Olympian, will defend his WBO featherweight title against Scott Quigg on March 10 at StubHub Center in Carson, California. Sources told RingTV.com terms are agreed to for the 126-pound scrap, first reported by ESPN.

It’s not a marquee fight, but it illustrates the kind of deal Top Rank needs to make to ensure their series on ESPN is successful. Top Rank doesn’t have any featherweight contenders of note besides Valdez, but Bob Arum and Co. struck a deal with Eddie Hearn to bring Quigg over for his U.S. debut.

Quigg (34-1-2, 25 knockouts) has reeled off three consecutive wins since a 2016 split decision loss to Carl Frampton in a 122-pound unification title fight. After the defeat, Quigg moved up to 126 pounds, and now he’s ready for a title fight.

He’s working with Freddie Roach ahead of the fight in Hollywood, so he’ll be plenty acclimated to his new surroundings with the fight about a 30-minute drive from camp.

“He should beat Valdez,” Roach told the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t think Valdez is that good.”

Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs) hasn’t been forced to show his best yet. He won the strap with a knockout lightly regarded fighter Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda in 2016, and his two best wins to date are over Miguel Marriaga, a wild swinging Colombian, and most recently, Genesis Servania, an untested Filipino.

Against a fighter with pedigree like Quigg, Valdez will need to shore up his defense, which has been suspect.

And if the action fighter comes through, Top Rank could have a budding star on its hands.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

  • Antony916

    Good solid fight! I’m not sure who wins this one……

  • Luca Blight

    I’m rooting for Quigg on this one, but won’t be surprised if Valdez beats him.

  • Ten Count Toronto

    You could do a lot worse than matching two hungry fighters still at their primes and near the top of the division. I like this match up.

  • ceylon mooney

    good matchup. the kinda fights that oughtta happen. seems to be a good UK-mexico thing goin on.

  • Lion king

    Rooting for Valdez, think he wins a ud

  • Teddy Reynoso

    If this is the type of a matchup that would serve as a model for Top Rank’s successful partnership with ESPN, then we should adjust our level of expectations. Quigg may have the name but his conqueror Frampton has the bigger name and credentials. And yet Arum has seen fit to put Frampton against Donaire when either of these two deserves a go versus Valdez than Quigg. Why Arum settles for a consolation as Valdez vs Quigg than for a sure winner as Valdez vs Frampton or Valdez vs Donaire is beyond me.

  • Cousin Strawberry ( Cheech)

    Should be a good scrap. I have Valdez by SD. Ill be at the Stub hub center for this one.

  • Black Oracle

    Pretty stiff test for Valdez….my eye test says Valdez is the real deal….If he gets past Quigg, that will be proof positive he is real.