Valdez vs Quigg: Scott Quigg battles Mexican Oscar Valdez for WBO belt this weekend on Sky Sports
Last Updated: 06/03/18 1:08pm
Scott Quigg can make his name in America when he battles Mexican Oscar Valdez for the WBO featherweight belt this weekend, live on Sky Sports.
The 29-year-old former WBA super-bantamweight champion has moved up in weight to pursue a fresh title shot and will challenge Valdez, one of the rising stars in the US, at the StubHub Center in Carson in the early hours of Sunday morning, live on Sky Sports.
What can we expect?
There were intakes of breath when this fight was announced as Valdez is well known for all-out aggression, while Quigg rarely takes a backward step, and the pair are expected to produce an epic battle.
Valdez holds a 23-fight record, with 19 knockouts underlining his dangerous punch power, but takes a step-up in class against Quigg, whose sole defeat came in a 2016 domestic clash with Carl Frampton.
What is at stake?
Valdez hopes to become the latest boxing hero from Mexico, but is jostling for position with a talented crop of countrymen, including the hugely popular Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares and Gilberto Ramirez.
Defeat would dent his proud reputation, whereas Quigg could boost his own profile in America after moving his career to Los Angeles to learn from respected trainer Freddie Roach.
Will Frampton be watching?
Quigg has made no secret of his desire to secure a rematch with Frampton and has followed him to the same division, although 'The Jackal' has so far played down the prospect of a second fight.
But victory over Valdez would mean that Quigg joins Santa Cruz, Gary Russell Jr, Marez and Selby as title holders in a star-filled division, and Frampton could be forced to reconsider his stance.
Who else should I watch out for?
Erick De Leon is one of the exciting talents in the super-featherweight division and will face Andy Vences, a fellow unbeaten prospect, on the undercard for Valdez-Quigg.
Alex Saucedo, an unbeaten super-lightweight, is also targeting his 27th successive victory when he takes on Abner Lopez.
How can I watch?
Quigg's world title challenge against Valdez will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action, with live coverage of the undercard starting at 2am on Sunday morning.
Watch Scott Quigg against WBO champion Oscar Valdez in Carson on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action this Sunday from 2am.