Quigg vs Valdez: Scott Quigg reveals fractured foot hindered weight loss for Oscar Valdez fight
Last Updated: 11/03/18 7:16pm
Scott Quigg has revealed a fractured foot saw him fail to make the weight for his brave defeat at the hands of Oscar Valdez.
The Bury fighter admitted the injury meant his body "just shut down" and saw him come in 3lbs over the featherweight limit, leaving him unable to challenge for the WBO world title in Carson, California.
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On Thursday I was only 3lbs over and I did four sessions that day and it just didn't budge. But I take full responsibility.
Despite suffering a unanimous points defeat, Quigg emerged from the fight with great credit and insisted his injured foot did not affect his performance. He also made it clear the resultant weight advantage was not a way of getting the better of his former sparring partner, Valdez.
"It wasn't a tactic - four weeks ago, I fractured my foot," he told Sky Sports' Andy Scott afterwards.
"It meant I couldn't do the roadwork and certain stuff and I knew the way I was going to be fighting tonight, we wouldn't change my tactics and I wasn't going to change my fighting style.
"I was well on track to making the weight, but I started cutting my weight earlier because I knew I had to be on it and because I started to cut it earlier, my body just started to shut down.
"On Thursday I was only 3lbs over and I did four sessions that day and it just didn't budge. But I take full responsibility and I didn't want to let my fans down, who had already paid for their travel.
"I got a bit of stick at home, people saying I was unprofessional that I've not made the weight, but I am not unprofessional at all.
"I still apologise for doing that, but I am not unprofessional. I don't cut corners."
Valdez took the decision 117-111, 117-111, 118-110 and, after being told Quigg entered the ring 7lbs heavier, insisted it didn't make "much" of a difference and felt he would have won, even if his challenger "had made the weight".