Scott Quigg missed weight by some margin in Friday in preparation for his clash with Oscar Valdez in California.
The usually meticulously disciplined Briton was a shocking 2.8lbs over the 126 pound limit and can no longer win the WBO featherweight title.
Oscar Valdez: 125.8 lbs
Scott Quigg: 128.8 lbs
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) March 9, 2018
Commenting on the situation, the World Boxing Organisation clarified the belt is only on the line for the champion.
“Because Scott Quigg didn’t make the weight limit he loses the opportunity to contest the WBO title in this weight division. If Valdez wins he retains his world title belt, if he loses the belt will become vacant,” read a WBO statement.
In their pre-fight blogs, the fighters stated they are more than ready for battle.
“It’s almost time,” said Valdez.
“I know it’s going to be a toe-to-toe battle when I defend my WBO Featherweight world title Saturday at the StubHub Center against Scott Quigg (ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 10:30 EST). That’s just part of my DNA as a proud Mexican boxer.
“When I was a kid, I looked up to fighters like Julio Cesar Chavez, Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera. When I hear comments, like I’m the action fighter to follow in their footsteps, it feels great. I want to be the guy to carry the Mexican flag, fight like a warrior inside the ring, and continue giving the fans great fights.”
Quigg said: “I have fought 37 times as a pro (all but once in England) and have enjoyed one of the best hometown advantages in the sport. When I’ve fought at the Manchester Arena and other venues near my hometown of Bury, England, the crowds have been incredible.
“To best honest, the crowd won’t impact me too much. I appreciate all the support I get back home, but when you get in the ring, it’s one-on-one, and you have to do the business. Whether all the fans are cheering for him or cheering for me, it doesn’t matter. In fact, I look forward to coming out and everyone booing me. They can boo me in, but they’ll definitely be cheering me out.
“The fans are going to be cheering because the fight will be worth cheering for. As a boxing fan, Oscar is exciting to watch. He comes out there and goes for the knockout in every fight. He’s 23-0 with 19 knockouts, but he has flaws that I believe I can exploit. But, again, I’m expecting a very tough fight, one that I’m confident I’m going to win.
“Whether people see me as the underdog or not, I don’t see myself that way. I don’t believe it will go the scorecards, either. Oscar and I sparred before, when we were both preparing for other fights. We got a glimpse of each other, and if the fight is anything like the sparring, the fans are in for a real treat.
Trainer Freddie Roach added: “I got the better fighter, and we’re gonna kick your ass.”
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Matchroom Boxing, remaining tickets for Valdez vs. Quigg, priced at $206, $104, $53 and $27.50, including facility fees, can be purchased online at AXS.com, by phone at (888) 9AXS-TIX, or by visiting the StubHub Center box office.