By Thomas Lyons
Since losing in a bitterly contested domestic unification with Carl Frampton, back in February 2016, its been a topsy-turvy few years for the former WBA Super-Bantamweight champion. The path back to winning back a world title has meant the transition from his own comforts in Manchester, departing trainer Joe Gallagher, with a move across the Atlantic to a more kept away environment, with elite trainer Freddie Roach taking him onboard.
It has also seen Quigg move up in weight in what appears to be a thriving weight category at 126lbs, that features Frampton, IBF titlist Lee Selby, Gary Russell Jr, Oscar Valdez and even Kid Galahad on the British, fringe world level scene.
Promoter Eddie Hearn had some promising news for the boxing world, confirming that a deal between WBO champion Valdez and Quigg was done. It is by no means an easy assignment for Quigg, who has sparred numerous rounds with Valdez since moving out to the Wildcard gym and its fair to say, we in the UK, don’t know everything about the unbeaten Mexican (23-0, 19 KOs).
By his record, its evident that he punches tremendously hard but can also illustrate his boxing skills under the lights. Valdez has racked up two solid wins since winning the world title against Hiroshige Osawa, unanimously outpointing both Miguel Marriaga and Genesis Servania. Quigg has also shown he can go to the waters by going the distance, so this on paper should be an intriguing matchup.