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Another StubHub Center classic took place last night on ESPN Boxing, as Oscar Valdez () defeated Scott Quigg (), in a slober-knocker of a fight.  In surely what will be a fight of the year candidate, the fight ended with Valdez missing teeth, and Quigg with a huge cut above his left eye, and what looked like a broken nose.  The co-feature was an exciting one as well, as Eric De Leon () and Andy Vences fought to a majority draw.  Vences’ boxing was the story of the first half of the fight, and De Leon’s pressure, the story of the second half.  The result, they split rounds evenly and fight to a draw.

The main event was a wild one, as Oscar Valdez retained his WBO Featherweight title by defeating Scott Quigg.  The main story line before the fight was that Quigg came in 3 pounds over the 126 pound limit, and actually weight 142 at the start of the fight.  The first 3 round, Valdez was in complete control, landing vicious left hooks to the body at will.  In the 4th Quigg would come alive a bit and make it a close round.

Quigg took the fifth round as he found a home for his right hand, landing a number of them in the round.  The 6th went to Valdez, but Quigg would make noise in the 7th again, by inuring Valdez to the mouth.  For the rest of the fight, Valdez was bleeding profusely from the mouth, but that did not seem to slow him down.  Valdez would find a home for the body shots once again in the 8th, and they really seemed to start bothering Quigg, as his hands began to drop.  The 9th and 10th rounds seemed to go to Valdez, but in the 11th Quigg looked good again.  The final round started off slow, but in the second half, both fighters would let their hands go once again.

Valdez would pull out what seemed to be a close victory, but the judges had it a bit wider then I personally thought.  Valdez would win on all 3 scorecards with scores of 118-110/117-111/117-111.  I scored the fight 116-112 in favor of Valdez.  The final push stats were as follows:  Valdez landed 237 of 912 (26%) punches, while Quigg landed 143 of 595 (24%) punches.  The difference showed in the power punches landed however, as Valdez landed 175 of 485 (36%), while Quigg landed 129 of 519 (25%).  A star was born last night, as Oscar Valdez remains undefeated and the WBO Featherweight Champion.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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