Oscar Valdez’s broken jaw was the the talk of the fight, and Scott Quigg’s badly broken nose made his face look disfigured by the time the final bell had sounded.
After twelve rounds of war, Valdez and Quigg embraced at the final bell as the poncho-clad fans at StubHub Center’s outdoor ring rose to cheer an exceptional display of boxing perseverance through both rain and pain.
And Valdez headed for the hospital with his championship belt still firmly in his possession
Valdez persevered through a grueling challenge from England’s Quigg in a steady downpour to claim a unanimous decision victory Saturday night.
Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs) retained his WBO featherweight title while fighting under a canopy in this famed outdoor boxing venue south of downtown Los Angeles. With raindrops streaming through the spotlights onto the soaked crowd, the surreal setting added an extra layer of uniqueness to a remarkable, taxing bout for both men.
Two judges scored the bout 117-111 for Valdez, and the third had it 118-110.
The two-time Mexican Olympian got a punishing test from Quigg (34-2-2), who missed weight for the bout and appeared to benefit from that extra strength.
Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed that Quigg always weighs in at 140-pounds when he enters the ring - disputing that his boxer intentionally gained a big size advantage. Quigg, who weighed at nearly three pounds above the featherweight limit on Friday, weighed 142.2 when he entered the arena.
“He goes into the ring at 140 every time he fights,” said Hearn.
“We were asked to weigh in on Saturday and Scott said he wasn’t doing it. It’s normal to request it, but Scott said he’d had the worst camp going and if the fight’s off, that’s fine. I do think it was unprofessional but I witnessed him trying to make weight overnight and it wasn’t pretty.
“Both guys showed unbelievable heart. Quigg hurt him badly in the fifth round. I was hoping and praying that Valdez would somehow weaken, but it never happened. For him to keep going with a broken jaw like that … I just think both fighters aren’t human.”