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ÓSCAR VALDEZ V SCOTT QUIGG | FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE | MARCH 10TH

CARSON, CALIF. (January 16, 2018) — Undefeated World Boxing Organization
(WBO) featherweight world champion ÓSCAR VALDEZ, the man who swims with a
fully-grown pet alligator, will begin the third year of his championship
reign by defending his title against former World Boxing Association (WBA)
super bantamweight world champion and current No. 2 world-rated
featherweight contender SCOTT QUIGG. For Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs), of
Nogales, Mexico, this will be his fourth title defense since winning it in
2016. Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KOs), of Lancashire, England, will be making his
U.S. debut. The Valdez vs. Quigg world championship fight will take place
Saturday, March 10, under the stars at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. It
will be televised live and exclusively at 10:30 p.m. EST on ESPN and ESPN
Deportes and stream live on the ESPN App. Additional fights on the live
telecast will be announced shortly.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Matchroom Boxing, tickets go on
sale Tomorrow! Wednesday, January 17, at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT. Priced at
$206, $104, $53 and 27.50, including facility fees, they can be purchased
online at AXS.com, by phone at (888) 9AXS-TIX, or by visiting the StubHub
Center box office.

The all-action undercard will feature undefeated WBC Continental Americas
super featherweight champion Andy Vences (20-0, 12 KOs), of San Jose,
Calif; top-three world-rated junior welterweight contender Alex Saucedo
(26-0, 16 KOs), of Oklahoma City; 2016 U.S. Olympian and three-time U.S.
Amateur Champion Mikaela Mayer (3-0, 2 KOs), of Los Angeles; and 2012
Olympic silver medalist and middleweight contender Esquiva Falcäo (19-0, 13
KOs), of Vitoria, Brasil.

“I know that my March 10 world title defense against Scott Quigg will be a
fun one for all the boxing fans because our styles combine perfectly to
make a real war,” said Valdez. “As usual, on March 10, I will leave it all
in the ring at StubHub Center, to show everyone that I’m one of the best
featherweights in the world”.

“This is a fight that I’m really looking forward to. It’s a
great fight,” said Quigg. “I have a lot of respect for Oscar and his
team. We’ve been in the gym together in the past, helping each other
prepare for a fight. They are good people. I’ve been in training for
four weeks already and now I’ve just linked up with Freddie Roach to begin
the last eight weeks of camp. This is a great opportunity for me — making
my U.S. debut on a great platform on ESPN — and I’m confident on March 10
I’ll become World champion again.”

“Oscar Valdez has passed every in-ring test with flying colors, but
the biggest test of his professional career will take place on March 10
against Scott Quigg, who like Oscar, rarely leaves a fight in the hands of
the judges. The fans watching at StubHub and live across ESPN’s platforms
are in for an exciting night and a sensational card, which will be
announced shortly,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum,.

“I’m delighted to get this fight made – I feel it’s one of the best fights
in the division right now,” said Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn. “Both guys
like to come forward and throw aggressive combinations and I do not believe
we will hear the final bell. What I do believe is that on March 10 Scott
Quigg will become a two-weight World Champion in a fight of the year
contender, live on ESPN”

“We’re very excited for the fight against Quigg. This fight will further
showcase Oscar’s skills and will demonstrate that he is a star,” said Frank
Espinoza, manager of Valdez. “Oscar is one of the best in the world and
against Quigg he’ll prove it once again.”

Valdez, who represented México in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, was the first
Mexican fighter to qualify for two Olympic games. He is considered one of
the bright lights of the featherweight division and a new face for boxing’s
next generation. He will be making the fourth defense of the world title
he won on July 23, 2016 via a second-round knockout of undefeated No. 2
rated Matías Rueda. Rueda entered that fight having won his previous 10
bouts by stoppage. In his first defense, which took place, on November 5,
2016, Valdez blasted out No. 1 contender Hiroshige Osawa via a
seventh-round TKO. On April 22, in his 2017 debut, his first pay-per-view
event that featured him in the main event, Valdez went toe-to toe for 12
rounds with No. 1 contender Miguel Marriaga, winning a unanimous decision.
Marriaga, a three-time world title challenger, went into that fight having
won 15 of his previous 19 bouts by way of knockout. In his most recent
fight, on September 22, he again went mano a mano in a 12-rounder that had
the fans on their feet throughout the fight. This time Valdez won a
unanimous decision over Genesis Servania, the No. 4 world-rated contender.

Quigg, who has fought all but once in his native England, is trained by
Hall of Famer Freddie Roach. After capturing the WBA interim super
bantamweight world title in 2012 and making one successful title defense
that same year, he was elevated to WBA super bantamweight world champion in
2013. Quigg successfully defended that world title six times, four of them
by way of knockout during his three-year reign. He lost the title via a
split decision to International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Carl
Frampton in a 2016 title unification bout. Since that fight, Quigg has
moved up to the featherweight division and won his past three fights,
including a 12-round featherweight title elimination bout against Simion
Viorel. Quigg is currently world-rated No. 2 by the IBF and No. 4 by the
WBA.

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