Valdez vs Quigg: Scott Quigg is the latest British fighter to target title success in the USA
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 09/03/18 11:27am
As Scott Quigg attempts to win the WBO belt in America, we look back at five other British fighters who battled to title success in the States.
The Bury man is bidding to become the new WBO featherweight champion when he challenges Oscar Valdez in Carson in the early hours of Sunday morning, live on Sky Sports.
Brits rarely receive an easy assignment when they are sent to the US, but can Quigg make his name with an upset victory over the highly-rated Mexican?
Here are five homegrown fighters who have celebrated title victories on US soil...
Sky Live: Valdez vs Quigg
Scott Quigg battles Mexican Oscar Valdez for WBO belt this weekend on Sky Sports
Carl Froch vs Jermain Taylor, Mashantucket, April 25, 2009
Froch had taken the vacant WBC super-middleweight title in a punishing points win over Jean Pascal and was next pitted against the former undisputed middleweight king Jermain Taylor.
Las Vegas or New York was not offered to the no-nonsense Nottingham man, who still managed to enthral a new audience with a 'Rocky' style comeback win at a casino in Connecticut.
Trailing on points after an early knockdown, Froch pounded Taylor to a halt with just seconds remaining, and would return to the US for two fights in the Super Six World Boxing Classic, eventually losing on points to Andre Ward at Atlantic City in the final.
Amir Khan vs Paulie Malignaggi, New York, May 15, 2010
The Olympic silver medallist had made an eventful start to life in the professional ranks as he overcame a shock loss to Breidis Prescott by claiming the WBA super-lightweight title with a masterful points win over Andriy Kotelnik.
After sweeping Dmitry Salita aside inside a round, Khan was invited to showcase his blistering hand speed at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York, against brash local favourite Paulie Malignaggi.
Khan introduced himself in style, stopping Malignaggi in the 11th round, and has based his career mostly in the States since that night.
Kell Brook vs Shawn Porter, Carson, August 16, 2014
Khan's long-term rival Brook would take a flight across the Atlantic four years later to challenge Shawn 'Showtime' Porter, the rugged IBF welterweight champion, who had blasted out Malignaggi in his last fight.
The Sheffield man retained a steely composure throughout a hard-fought encounter, which saw both men cut, and his cleaner work would be rewarded with a points victory.
Brook is yet to return to America as he continued to plot a different path to Khan, although the duo could finally be reunited in Britain later this year.
Jamie McDonnell vs Tomoki Kameda Hidalgo, May 9, 2015
Thoughts of making a name in America were far from the Doncaster man's mind when he suffered back-to-back defeats at domestic level, but McDonnell's dramatic revival would include two world title winning nights, leading to a fight offer from America.
Tomoki Kameda, backed by influential advisor Al Haymon, was targeting McDonnell's WBA bantamweight title in Texas after being forced to vacate his own WBO belt a few weeks beforehand.
McDonnell overcame an early knockdown as his disciplined long-range boxing would earn a razor-thin points win, and would repeat this feat in a rematch, flooring Kameda on the way to another unanimous decision.
James DeGale vs Andre Dirrell, Boston, May 23, 2015
Just a few weeks later, DeGale would head to the east coast for a clash against Andre Dirrell, with the vacant IBF super-middleweight title at stake.
The Londoner had shone on an unfamiliar stage before, taking Olympic gold in Beijing, and seemed to quickly decipher his slippery southpaw opponent, dumping Dirrell on the canvas twice in the second round.
DeGale completed a points win at his own pace and would later link up with Haymon himself, although an expected US return this year will not be on his own terms as he bids to regain the IBF belt in a rematch with Caleb Truax.
Watch Scott Quigg against WBO champion Oscar Valdez in Carson on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action this Sunday from 2am.