Oscar Valdez vs Scott Quigg Betting Tips, Preview and Predictions
Quigg aims to dethrone featherweight champion Valdez in American outing
Manchester’s Scott Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KOs) will challenge undefeated Mexican Oscar Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs) for his WBO featherweight title this weekend in California.
The Bury-born fighter is aiming to become a two-weight world champion on American soil, after relocating from his home city to team up with esteemed coach Freddie Roach.
Quigg moved up divisions after losing his former WBA super-bantamweight strap to Carl Frampton back in their Manchester Arena clash in 2016.
The 29-year-old had surgery on a broken jaw sustained during that only career loss to date, but has since won all three outings at 126lbs, with the latter two being under the guidance of Roach.
He next faces a huge task against Valdez, though, a testing match-up in which he is the 23/10 outsider with Paddy Power to prevail in Carson.
Meanwhile, the unbeaten title holder is seeking the fourth straight successful defence of his crown at the StubHub Center, and he will enter the ring as the odds-on 3/10 favourite with Betfair to triumph.
Quigg seeks biggest career success to date over unbeaten Valdez
Since arriving across the Atlantic with his new trainer and gym, former 122lbs champion Quigg has earned two consecutive victories, albeit in bouts back in the UK and Monaco.
He outworked and stopped Mexican Jose Cayetano in December 2016 in his final fight with Joe Gallagher, before outpointing Viorel Simion and halting Oleg Yefimovych last year.
Quigg is regarded at 7/2 with Betfair to pull off a great upset by earning another stoppage success this weekend. While he can be backed at 7/1 to get the nod from the judges after 12 rounds.
The Mancunian’s latest ring outing will see a big step up in class, though, with Valdez representing his most dangerous opponent since Belfast’s Frampton two years ago.
The 27-year-old claimed his current WBO belt when knocking out Matias Rueda back in July 2016, before going on to defend it against all of Hiroshige Osawa, Miguel Marriaga and most-recently Genesis Servania in September.
A former two-time Olympian with Mexico, the aggressive, high output champion will be a stern test for Quigg on American territory. Valdez is 2/1 with Paddy Power to finish the bout early in his latest title defence.
Meanwhile, the reigning champion is also seen at a promising 11/8 to go the distance and have his hand held high via a decision in California.
But it’s a mix of styles that could ultimately provide a highly entertaining encounter, for as long as it lasts in the early hours of Sunday morning, live on Sky Sports.