Quigg vs Valdez: Scott Quigg says Oscar Valdez will regret decision to give him WBO featherweight title shot
By Mark Crellin
Last Updated: 09/03/18 8:49am
Scott Quigg says he will make Oscar Valdez regret the decision to give him a shot at the WBO featherweight title.
Quigg, a former super-bantamweight world champion, has moved up in weight and will take on rising Mexican star Valdez in the early hours of Sunday morning in California, live on Sky Sports Main Event, in what could be a thrilling showdown.
Valdez is unbeaten but Quigg's only ever career defeat was on a split decision to Carl Frampton two years ago, and he is not expecting to suffer a second loss.
"Oscar has been billed as the next featherweight star and to be fair he has not put a foot wrong," said Quigg.
"He is 23-0, 19 knockouts. But when Eddie [Hearn, promoter] got on the phone to me and the fight was offered, I told them to snatch their hands off. This is a fight that excites me.
"I respect Oscar, his team, his trainer - they want to be the best, so you have got to fight the best. This is a voluntary defence. He did not have to pick me, he could have chosen an easier defence.
"So credit to him, but I am going to make sure, on Saturday night, he regrets picking me."
Quigg and Valdez have sparred together in the past and the 29-year-old from Bury implied that they were lively sessions.
"We helped each other and gave each other good work," said Quigg.
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"All I know is, going from the spars, the fans are going to be in for a real treat. This is a great opportunity - it is going to be packed full of Mexicans and they'll probably boo me in but I am planning on being cheered out.
"Making my US debut excites me and I am very confident I am going to do the job."
Watch Scott Quigg against WBO champion Oscar Valdez in Carson on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action this Sunday from 2am.