WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez won a twelve round unanimous decision over his toughest opponent to date, former champion Scott Quigg.
The final scores were 117-111, 117-111 and 118-110 in favour of Valdez who enjoyed great success in the opening and closing rounds but was thoroughly tested in the middle of the fight.
The scores are fair but do not reflect the strife Valdez found himself in during the middle rounds where Quigg landed some big punches and allegedly fractured his opponent’s jaw.
Valdez’s start and finish were devastating though and in the closing moments of the 11th he almost ended the fight but Quigg was saved by the bell.
An ugly asterisks to the event was that Quigg weighed at 2.8-pounds over the featherweight limit of 126-pounds on Friday night. The commission would not allow him to lose that much weight and penalized him 20 per cent of his purse.
#ValdezQuigg Note: Valdez the current WBO Featherweight Champion (126 lbs) Oscar weighed in at 125.8 lb if he wins he retains his belt. Quigg is NOT eligible for the title he failed to make weight (128.8 lbs)if he wins the fight he will not get the belt which would then be vacant pic.twitter.com/TrvdK64Ovs
— WBO (@WorldBoxingOrg) March 9, 2018
In another massive meeting on Saturday, Argentina’s WBA super welterweight interim champion Brian Castano stayed unbeaten with a 12th round stoppage of Cedric Vitu.
Castano was dominant from the first bell, winning every round until a late flurry of punches put Vitu down in the last. The Frenchman got back up to his feet, but Castano sensed blood and jumped on his chance, a barrage of big shots forcing the referee to call a halt to proceedings.
The win means the 28-year old improves his unbeaten record to 15 wins (11 KOs).
Meanwhile, WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia claimed the IBF junior welterweight belt after an impressive points win over Sergey Lipinets.