Last weekend it was a cracker of a fight that may not go down in history as one that defines his career but on Saturday the 10th of March the books shall show that in Carson, in the USA there was no WBO super featherweight belt on the line and Scott Quigg failed to beat Oscar Valdez. Of course, like many scraps that is not the whole story as Quigg fought very bravely and he went toe to toe with Valdez. His weight has been explained by a broken foot that hampered his ability to strip the weight off whilst the fight led to one getting a broken jaw and the other a broken nose as people talked of a smashing contest.
The problem for Quigg is that it has all left him back in limbo. His move from Joe Gallagher to Freddie Roach does not look like it has paid off. There are little changes, subtle things that have marked his new trainer’s influence but after 3 fights under Roach – where is he? Back where he started? Without a belt and with few people offering their dance card for his signature? We shall see. I don’t think we have seen the last of Quigg at this level but it has been a tough climb, what happens now is intriguing.
There was far more praise, rightly so, being heaped upon the new four weight divisions world champion Mikey Garcia, who, in Texas, took the IBF super lightweight title by beating Sergey Lipinets on points. Garcia was highly impressive and with huge fights to come is likely to start looking at pound for pound measurements agianst the likes of Crawford and Lomachenko soon – yes?
On the same card justice was done as Rances Barthelemy lost to Kiryl Relikh for the WBA light welterweight title. Relikh had lost the previous fight with Barthelemy in a disgraceful points loss that was avenged this time with aplomb. The former Ricky Hatton trained Belarussian can now get on with making the dough he deserves.
Elsewhere and in the UK and in Liverpool super lightweight Tom Farrell got a 6 round points win against Angel Emilov.