By Steve Kim
Oscar Valdez's victory on Saturday night against the much heavier Scott Quigg came at quite a price for the defending WBO featherweight champion.
Quigg weighed in last Friday at 2.8-pounds over the featherweight limit. A deal was reached for the contest to move forward, but it was evident that Valdez suffered an injury the contest, as he was bleeding heavily from his mouth.
Following his unanimous decision win, he was taken immediately from the Carson's StubHub Center to a local hospital to examine what may have been a broken jaw.
Valdez has spent the past couple of days in various hospitals where the process began to fix his damaged jaw.
His manager, Frank Espinoza, told BoxingScene.com on Monday afternoon - "It went well, it was not a surgery, it was a medical procedure and they wired his jaw. It'll be anywhere from five-to-six weeks and he should come out of it. Everything went well."
For now, the focus will be solely on Valdez's recovery.
"Right now he just needs to rest and we're not even thinking about his next fight," said Espinoza. "I just want him to get better. We're just going to follow the doctors orders, whatever he says."
Espinoza says the procedure was done by Dr. Douglas M. Galen, an oral surgeon in Beverly Hills.
Valdez fought Quigg despite his opponent not coming close to making the 126-pound limit, refusing to do a day-off weigh-in with a hydration clause and Quigg coming in above the junior welterweight limit at just over 142 pounds on fight night. It ended up being a physically taxing fight.
But Espinoza says of his fighter - "he's in great spirits. He's very thankful for the fans, the well-wishes, he really appreciates it. So he's really excited about that. He wants to thank the fans for all the support and says,'stay tuned.'"
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.