Quigg relishing Valdez title bout

06 January 2018 02:38:59 GMTPlus11

Scott Quigg is excited at the possibility of facing Oscar Valdez in California as he bids to win his WBO featherweight title this March.

The 29-year-old Manchester boxer held the WBA super bantamweight title before losing on points to rival Carl Frampton in February 2016 and followed that defeat by opting to move up to the featherweight division.

Quigg has enjoyed three fights at the higher weight with the most recent victory being a sixth-round stoppage of Oleg Yefimovych in November.

It's looking like it's going to be done and it's a fight that really excites me.

Scott Quigg

Negotiations have since been ongoing with the unbeaten Valdez's camp about a world title showdown at the StubHub Center on 10th March.

And, while the fight is not yet completely over the line, Quigg revealed 'we have verbally agreed' and added: "It's looking like it's going to be done and it's a fight that really excites me.

"I've agreed to the terms, so it's now 99 per cent going to happen. Until that dotted line is signed, you cannot put 100 on it."

Mexican, Valdez, has won 19 of his 23 fights via a stoppage and will be a tough opponent for Quigg, but he is confident of success against his former sparring partner in what will be his fight debut in the United States.

He added on Sky Sports: "It doesn't get much bigger than this, especially in the featherweight division as well.

"Valdez is talked about as a future star. He's obviously making big noise now, but fighting in America, that's always what I've wanted to do.

"It's a massive fight on a massive platform and it's one that I'm going to grab with both hands."

Meanwhile, Frampton will face former four-weight world champion Nonito Donaire in Belfast on 7th April.

The 30-year-old, who lost his WBA featherweight belt in a rematch with Leo Santa Cruz almost 12 months ago, is 1/8 to win the fight, while Donaire is available at 9/2.

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