Freddie Roach Wouldn't Be Surprised If Quigg Knocks Out Valdez

By Keith Idec

Freddie Roach feels Scott Quigg’s power has been underestimated entering his featherweight title shot against Oscar Valdez.

England’s Quigg, who Roach has trained for a little over a year, has knocked out two of his three opponents since he moved up from super bantamweight to featherweight following his split-decision defeat to Carl Frampton two years ago.

Valdez obviously is better and more durable than anyone Quigg has fought since facing Frampton in February 2016, yet Roach thinks Quigg can knock out the unbeaten champion from Mexico on Saturday night.


“Valdez is a very tough guy,” Roach told Sky Sports for a story posted to the network’s website Wednesday. “He comes to fight. Pretty good left hook, big overhand right, pretty methodical. We can read him and we can beat him with speed and so forth. The thing is – a lot of people don’t understand the power [Quigg] has. He has tremendous power, also, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he knocks this guy out.”

The Philippines’ Genesis Servania (30-1, 13 KOs) knocked down Valdez with an overhand right in the fourth round of Valdez’s last fight. Valdez recovered, sent Servania to the canvas with a short left hook during the fifth round and won a 12-round unanimous decision to retain his WBO featherweight title September 22 in Tucson, Arizona. Even if Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KOs) can’t drop and/or stop Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs) at some point in a 12-round, 126-pound championship match ESPN will air from StubHub Center in Carson, California, Roach is sure his well-conditioned contender has the stamina to perform well late in their fight if it goes the distance.

“He’s a great student,” Roach said. “He comes to work, he makes my job easy. He’s always in shape. We don’t have to worry about that at all. He will never get tired in a fight because he works so hard and he is a very dedicated kid. He’s a dream come true. He’s a great kid to have around.”

Valdez-Quigg will headline ESPN’s broadcast Saturday night (10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT). The telecast also will include a 10-round bout between super featherweight prospects Andy Vences (20-0, 12 KOs), of San Jose, California, and Erick De Leon (17-0, 10 KOs), a native Mexican who fights out of Detroit.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by harry-greb on 03-08-2018

I fancy quigg for the upset

Comment by chrisJS on 03-07-2018

[QUOTE=BigZ44;18552110][B]I LOVE Valdez, but I am worried about this fight. Marriaga and Servania both gave him hell, but it doesn't seem like he's improved much or made any adjustments. He has awesome power, but throws everything at 100%, so opponents…

Comment by Mr. 29K on 03-07-2018

About to drop 10k on Valdez now. ThankS retard roach.

Comment by chico malo ali on 03-07-2018

[QUOTE=Mexican_Puppet;18552595]Quigg is a Valdez will win easily[/QUOTE]i agree! quigg is shyt and so are roaches predictions!

Comment by Mexican_Puppet on 03-07-2018

Quigg is a Valdez will win easily

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