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Valdez pours it on over Quigg at StubHub; Mikey Garcia takes his fourth title Saturday

Written By | Mar 11, 2018

It was the kind of fight that only happens at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Oscar Valdez defeated Scott Quigg to retain his title and remain undefeated. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing

SAN DIEGO, Calif., March 10, 2018 – Oscar Valdez rewarded fans who braved an uncharacteristically rainy night in Carson, California at the open-air StubHub Center. Showing he has the heart of a champion, Valdez won a unanimous decision over former junior featherweight champion Scott Quigg of England to retain his WBO featherweight title. Scores were 117-111 X 2 and 116-112.

Quigg (34-2-2, 24 KOs) didn’t come close to making the 126 pound weight limit on Friday. Nevertheless, Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs) decided to carry on against the much bigger fighter on Saturday.

Oscar Valdez (left) had to dig deep to prevail over Scott Quigg Saturday. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing

Valdez takes punishment, shows heart to win

Valdez paid for it as the bigger Quigg battered his face, causing Valdez to lose teeth and bleed profusely from the mouth from the middle rounds. He returned the favor, appearing to break Quigg’s nose about the same time. The two-time Mexican Olympian fought the best bout of his career. He summoned the will to press on past pain. He delivered solid body work and hooks from both sides, taking whatever Quigg could dish out.

Apologizing for the fans including “Extra” host Mario Lopez who braved the rain in their plastic ponchos ringside, Valdez said, “Scott’s a tremendous fighter, look what he did to my teeth! Much respect to Scott, it was a war. I take my hat off to Scott Quigg.”




Oscar Valdez delivered the best performance of his professional career against Scott Quigg. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing

Oscar Valdez delivered the best performance of his professional career against Scott Quigg. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing

Valdez waived off any concern about the damage. “He caught me with some good shots, this is boxing. I get hit, he gets hit, and I’m glad we got the result.” Valdez said the result would have been the same whether Quigg had made weight Friday or not.

Mikaela Meyer scored a first round knockout. Photo: Mikey Williams, Top Rank Boxing

Undercard results under the rain: Vences and Saucedo draw; Meyer scores first round knockout

On the undercard, undefeated WBC Continental Americas super featherweight champion Andy Vences (20-0-1, 12 KOs) and world-rated junior welterweight contender Alex Saucedo (26-0-1, 16 KOs) both remained undefeated, fighting to a draw. Scores were 115-115 X 2 and 116-114 for Vences.

2016 American Olympian and three-time U.S. Amateur champion Mikaela Mayer (4-0, 3 KOs) of Los Angeles thrilled her hometown fans, ending her fight with 2012 Olympic silver medalist and middleweight contender Esquiva Falcäo (19-1, 13 KOs) of Brazil in just 35 seconds. “Honestly I thought I would go a little longer than that, I didn’t expect that,” said Meyer. “But I wanted to make a statement for sure, and show I have punching power.”

Mikey Garcia (left) won his fourth staight division title over Sergey Lipinets in San Antonio Saturday. Photo: Amanda Westcott, Showtime Boxing

Mikey Garcia (left) won his fourth staight division title over Sergey Lipinets in San Antonio Saturday. Photo: Amanda Westcott, Showtime Boxing

Mikey Garcia makes history with fourth division title

2016 American Olympian and three-time U.S. Amateur champion Mikaela Mayer (4-0, 3 KOs) of Los Angeles thrilled her hometown fans, ending her fight with 2012 Olympic silver medalist and middleweight contender Esquiva Falcäo (19-1, 13 KOs) of Brazil in just 35 seconds. “Honestly I thought I would go a little longer than that, I didn’t expect that,” said Meyer. “But I wanted to make a statement for sure, and show I have punching power.”

At the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas, Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) of Moreno Valley, California added a fourth title in his fourth weight division with a unanimous decision win over IBF Super Lightweight World Champion Sergey Lipinets (13-2, 10 KOs) of Kazakhstan. Garcia is only the third boxer to hold titles at featherweight, super featherweight, and lightweight, joining Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao. Scores were 117-110 X 2 and 116-111.

Mikey Garcia dropped Sergey Lipinets to the canvas for the first time in his career with this counter left hook. Photo: Amanda Westcott, Showtime Boxing

Garcia knocked Lipinets down in the seventh round with a left hook counterpunch after Lipinets hit Garcia with an upper cut. It was the first time Lipinets had ever been knocked down. He proved to be a tough opponent and no pushover. Lipinets employs beautiful head movement and a diversified attack based on a solid foundation of skills.

But if ever there was a fighter who does everything right, it’s Garcia. Footwork, ring generalship, punch selection, power, measuring distance, balance… shall we go on? He patiently sizes up his opponents, then begins to pick them apart. Give Lipinets credit for staying competitive to the final bell, but there was simply no question about the winner.

Garcia landed 237 of 912 punches thrown (25 percent), while Lipinets landed 143 of 535 punches thrown (23 percent). Garcia landed 175 power punches to 129 for Lipinets.

“To win this fourth world title in a fourth division is an honor,” said Garcia. “I’m very grateful for everything that is happening to me right now, I’m excited and emotional right now.

“I just leave a little piece, a little chapter in boxing with my name and my brother and my dad, a chapter I boxing I think people will remember the Garcia family for ages to come.”



Lipinets proves himself a worthy opponent

Garcia said Lipinets fought as expected, calling Lipinets tough, determined and hungry. “We had a game plan and we were able to prevail,” said Garcia. “I know I carry the power, but I am fighting a bigger man, he can take a good punch. There were a few moments where I felt I stunned him a little but I had to be very patient.”

Garcia said he has plenty of options moving forward. He said he would like to unify titles at 135 pounds, then at 140 pounds, and then fight at welterweight in the future.

Lipinets credited Garcia’s superior experience for the win. “Mikey is a great fighter, it was just experience. Of course I want to go back to the gym and work on the problems I showed in the ring. There are some holes I want to close, but I will be back. It’s a learning experience.”

Kiryl Relikh dished up revenge to Rances Barthelemy. Photo: Amanda Wescott, Showtime Boxing

Relikh relishes revenge in rematch win over Barthelemy

In the co-main event, Kiryl Relikh (26-2, 19 KOs) of Belarus righting a wrong in his rematch with Rances Barthelemy (26-1, 13 KOs) of Las Vegas via Cuba. Relikh won the vacant WBA Super Lightweight title. Coming off a questionable loss on the scorecards to Barthelemy and Ricky Burns, Relikh put on a clinic against the Cuban. He directed the fight throughout and outlanded Barthelemy nearly three to one in total punches. Barthelemy seemed to be moving in slow motion against Relikh, sluggish and almost uninterested

“I waited for this dream 20 years, I work hard for this dream, and now it’s here,” said Relikh. Relikh credited a coaching change for the win.

Barthelemy said, “I was definitely in great condition, but I felt tight and he did have a better output in punches tonight. This time he had much more volume of punches this time around and he was quicker this time around.”

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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is a veteran boxing observer covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.

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Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award-winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.