Boxing’s mini-renaissance continues this Saturday (10:30 PM ET, ESPN) with yet another major title fight: WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez will put his belt on the line against Scott Quigg at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Valdez is the –450 favorite at press time; Quigg is available at +325.
It could be a closer fight than the odds suggest. Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs) has yet to lose as a pro, successfully defending his title three times since winning it in 2016. However, Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KOs) was the WBA super-bantamweight champion for four years before dropping the strap to Carl Frampton by split decision, also in 2016 – the only loss on Quigg’s otherwise impressive resume.
As far as the rankings are concerned, The Ring has Valdez rated No. 6 in the world at 126 pounds, just two spots ahead of Quigg. BoxRec prefers the underdog at No. 6, with Valdez next in seventh place; on their pound-for-pound rankings, Quigg checks in at No. 53, 11 spots clear of Valdez at No. 63. This is an early Fight of the Year candidate, so don’t miss out – Bovada will have an updated list of boxing props as bell time approaches.