Scott Quigg has been accused of being unprofessional after weighing in 2.8 lbs over the weight limit ahead of his scheduled world title fight. Quigg would go onto lose the fight on points.
The British fighter was due to challenge unbeaten Mexican Oscar Valdez for the WBO featherweight title in Los Angeles, in the early hours of Sunday morning. The fight still went ahead, but with no title on the line, and Quigg ultimately losing on points.
Quigg moved up to featherweight after losing his WBA super-bantamweight title in a unification fight against Carl Frampton in February 2016. He had won all three fights at his new weight, with two stoppage victories, and believed he would become a two-weight world champion this weekend.
But, instead of heading into a world title fight, Quigg had to apologise and insisted he tried everything to get the weight off.
“I have tried everything. Everything was on track”, he said, via Sky Sports.
“I apologise to Oscar and his team. I can show you exactly what I have done, the weight was perfect. It just wouldn’t shift yesterday. I tried and tried, and I have not stopped trying.”
Highly-rated Valdez won all twenty-three of his professional fights, with nineteen stoppages, prior to the clash with Quigg and is often mentioned in the top ten pound-for-pound fighters in the world. He hand-picked Quigg for a voluntary defence of the title he won in 2016 and has successfully defended three times already.
He admitted his surprise at Quigg failing to make the weight.
“I was a little surprised that he didn’t make the weight. It felt a little bit unprofessional on his part.
“In reality, it does not really bother me, I am well prepared and it won’t be a problem. I am well prepared to go all 12 rounds and go toe to toe with Scott Quigg.
“I did my part, he didn’t, but that is in the past now, so let’s get the fight going and it won’t be a problem.”
Valdez was right not to worry ad a strong performance saw him hold onto his title with a points victory. Not only did Quigg lose the chance of winning another world title, he also lost 20% of his fight purse for weighing in more than 2 lbs over the weight limit. Half of this given to Valdez.
Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena