Oscar Valdez and Scott Quigg went above and beyond the call of duty on Saturday night as the talented pair went toe-to-toe at the StubHub Center in California.
Valdez, without his WBO featherweight title on the line, was almost having a night off when Quigg refused to adhere to a request to re-weigh on fight day.
Quigg had shockingly scaled 2.8lbs over the 126 pounds limit to lose his chance at the strap, leaving both sides to negotiate whether the contest would go ahead.
With the Briton refusing to agree all measures in place, there were rumours Valdez was ready to pull out of the clash, which eventually was given the green light.
Fans and promoters will be relieved it did as both boxers raised their stock considerably in an all-out war in front of the ESPN cameras.
Enthralling the crowd, the hardmen battered each other to a pulp, with eventual victor Valdez suffering a broken jaw and facial swelling, whilst Quigg boasted a shockingly squashed nose and a huge lump on his head.
After the bout, which Valdez took 118-110, 117-111 (twice) on the scorecards, the 27 year-old was immediately taken to hospital to fix the break, whilst Quigg ended up looking similar to The Elephant Man.
Both deserve massive credit for laying it all on the line in a fight which probably doesn’t warrant a rematch but would be fun if it happened once both are recovered.
“Styles make fights and Oscar is a warrior every time he fights. He has been in wars these last three fights. Personally I would like for him to fight Frampton, but first we have to see how he is,” said Valdez trainer Manny Robles.
Speaking in the dry following a wet evening in Carson, Top Rank’s Todd DuBoef added: “This event ranks as the wettest. There’s something about this place. The memory of this was special. Once again we had a great show. This building for some reason, the walls are special.”