By Steve Kim
Oscar Valdez's victory over Scott Quigg on March 10th on a rainy night at the StubHub Center came at quite a cost.
Valdez - facing a Quigg who didn't even try and make the featherweight limit and came in heavy and thus ineligible to win the WBO featherweight title - suffered a fractured jaw, which hospitalized him for a few days after the fight.
When asked how his fighter was doing, manager Frank Espinoza told BoxingScene.com - "Since his fight he's been back to the doctor four times in two-and-a-half months. His progress has come along well. The wire that was in his jaw has been removed so he's now able to eat solid food. We have periodic checks with the doctor. He'll be back there in June for another check-up."
It's unclear if Valdez (the reigning WBO 126-pound titlist) will return to the ring in 2018.
"That's solely up to the doctors discretion, it's his call," said Espinoza, who makes it clear that Valdez's return to the ring will not be handled recklessly.
"Listen, he's had 36 hard, tough rounds and now after suffering a serious injury to his jaw, I have a responsibility to my client to do what's right for him and his long-term future. He's the type of guy that will literally fight anybody - as he showed back in March - and there will be plenty of time to make the big fights in the featherweight division but for the time being we will take the appropriate fights to bring Oscar back."
The 27-year old Valdez (24-0, 19 KO's) won the WBO strap in the summer of 2016 by blasting out Matias Rueda in two rounds and has made three successful title defenses.
"Oscar will be back stronger and better than ever and he'll be involved in some of the best fights in the division but again, there will be a process in getting there. That's my job as a manager to do what's in his best interest," stated Espinoza.
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.