CALIFORNIA’S StubHub Middle has been dubbed the “Struggle Grounds” after producing FOUR Struggle of the 12 months winners because it opened its doorways to boxing in 2003.
Do not wager towards that turning into 5 this Saturday when LA’s adopted son Scott Quigg bids to grow to be a two-weight world champion when he challenges Oscar Valdez for the WBO featherweight title.
It’s a conflict of all-action types which has acquired StubHub regulars rubbing their palms in anticipation.
Not even the heavy rain forecast to fall on the open-air venue this Saturday night time is dampening the spirits.
The Metropolis of Angels is the place Bury-man Quigg has known as residence since deciding to depart Joe Gallagher’s health club in Bolton and try and crack America beneath the tutelage of Freddie Roach.
The standard of sparring on provide right here on the West Coast was one of many deciding components for Quigg as he made the choice to relocate.
In truth, it was simply 11 months in the past, when Quigg ready to face Viorel Simion, that he shared a hoop with an thrilling Mexican puncher by the title of Oscar Valdez.
It’s mentioned the entire health club stopped and watched as the 2 strain fighters with equally heavy palms tried to take lumps out of one another in large gloves and head guards.
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Now Valdez is standing in the best way of a vital victory which can catapult Quigg into tremendous stardom – and snare a serious belt at featherweight.
The 29-year-old former WBA “common” super-bantamweight champion has been steadily rebuilding since his shattering loss to arch rival Carl Frampton in February of 2016.
A trio of low-key wins have adopted and there was not an oz. of doubt when he was provided a crack at Valdez, who has 23 wins from 23 fights with 19 knockouts.
Quigg mentioned: “I feel we sparred 4 or 5 occasions. We had some wars, if that is something to go by then Saturday might be a cracker.
“I can not see us transferring and boxing, it’d begin off that manner.
“However after so lengthy, we’ll simply meet in the course of that ring and I consider I will get the job finished inside the space.
“The win places me on the prime of the pecking order, it should catapult me again to the place I used to be.”
That will imply a rematch with Frampton up at featherweight, whereas the winner of Lee Selby and Josh Warrington’s Might conflict would produce one other world title Battle of Britain for Quigg.
However he can have his palms full towards a person who has been priced as large as 5/1 ON by some bookmakers within the conflict which is headlining on ESPN over right here and Sky Sports activities within the UK.
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Going forward, Valdez has looked devastating at times during a flawless run to 23-0 which has showcased genuine box office power, particularly with the left hook.
But, like many big punchers, he is also there to be hit – especially in his last outing when he was floored by Genesis Servania before coming back to win on points.
Valdez had dropped his hands and was caught with a right hook as he circled the ring.
A big puncher like Quigg could put him away given a similar chance.
Quigg has been working hard with Roach on setting up opportunities behind his jab and then exploiting any opening he is given.
There should be plenty on offer against Valdez but he will have to walk through fire if he wants to make them count.
Both men swerved the traditional fight week media workouts with sources suggesting that neither want to take their laser focus off of Saturday night.
Hall of Fame trainer Roach said of Valdez.”We know how to beat this guy.
“It may start off as a boxing match but it will end in war.”