Bob Arum’s Top Rank has announced as expected that WBO world featherweight titleholder Oscar Valdez (23-0) will indeed make the next defence of his world title against Briton Scott Quigg (34-1-2). The world title contest will be taking place on March 10th at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California and to be broadcast live on ESPN in the United States and most likely Sky Sports in the UK.
The rumour broke surrounding a potential match-up between the pair on January 3rd, which led to Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing to confirm that talks were currently ongoing to secure a world title opportunity for his charge Quigg.
Oscar Valdez is a former Mexican Olympic representative of the 2012 games, has held the WBO world title since June of 2016 with victory over Matias Carlos Adrian Rueda to claim the then-vacant title. The Top Rank-promoted fighter who is highly thought of by supremo Bob Arum has so far defended his title three times. His latest victory came in September 2017 rising from the canvas to defeat Genesis Servania via unanimous decision.
Quigg will be fighting for his world title at featherweight following his switch to the weight in December of 2016 after his February defeat of that year to Carl Frampton, which saw Quigg lose his unbeaten record an WBA world super-bantamweight title in the process. Quigg was in action as recently as November in the principality of Monaco where he defeated Oleg Yefimovych in a WBA world title eliminator.
The clash of styles between the two fighters will make this bout potentially an exciting and gruelling encounter, both men like to attack on the front foot and have proven power in and around the weight category. With 44 stoppages between both men, it promises to be a fun affair to watch between two fighters with a lot to prove and achieve. The location of the contest will not prove a negative factor on Quigg’s behalf, following his move to Los Angeles on a full-time basis to train with Freddie Roach at the prestigious Wildcard gym following his split from former trainer Joe Gallagher.
No details have been released as in terms of a supporting under-card at time of publication.