Oscar Valdez has jaw wired shut days after bloody slugfest with Scott Quigg
As featherweight world titleholder Oscar Valdez was loaded into an ambulance on Saturday night following his epic slugfest with Scott Quigg, he flashed a big smile and gave a thumbs up to his team. Valdez had suffered a broken jaw in the fifth round and spit blood for much of the rest of the extremely violent fight with Quigg, who walked away with his own issues, including a broken nose, cuts, black eyes and swelling on his forehead that made him look like a Klingon from Star Trek. But Valdez won by unanimous decision Ã¢â¬" 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111 Ã¢â¬" at the soggy StubHub Center in Carson, California, where the nonstop rain made it an eerie night with just a few thousand fans willing to brave the elements for the Top Rank ESPN card. On Monday, Valdez visited oral surgeon Dr. Douglas Galen in Beverly Hills, where he had his jaw wired shut. It will stay that way for the next five or six weeks, Frank Espinoza, ValdezÃ¢'s manager, told ESPN. Espinoza said Valdez did not require surgery but was put under anesthesia so the doctor could reset his jaw, which had been hanging to the side after the injury, and wire it closed. Valdez was released later Monday from the outpatient procedure and was resting at a rented home in Southern California, Espinoza said. Ã¢â¬ÅRight now, Oscar just needs to rest,Ã¢â¬Â Espinoza said. Ã¢â¬ÅHe has a follow-up appointment on Friday. IÃ¢'m very proud of Oscar. He showed a lot of grit. He went seven rounds with a broken jaw. HeÃ¢'s got a big heart. IÃ¢'ve always said he had that warrior spirit and he showed it against Quigg. ThereÃ¢'s no quit in Oscar. But now itÃ¢'s time for him to relax and get better. I donÃ¢' even want him to think about boxing.Ã¢â¬Â Featherweight titleholder Oscar Valdez fought most of his bout against Scott Quigg with a broken jaw. Photo provided by Mikey Williams/Top Rank As for how long Valdez will be out of action, Espinoza said neither he nor Valdez even asked the doctor about it, though it seems to be a good possibility he might not fight for the rest of the year. When Quigg suffered a broken jaw in his a split-decision loss to Carl Frampton in their 2016 junior featherweight world title unification fight, he was out of action for 10 months. Ã¢â¬ÅI think weÃ¢'ll see how he recovers and that [conversation with the doctor] will come later,Ã¢â¬Â Espinoza said. Ã¢â¬ÅI canÃ¢' judge when heÃ¢'ll be back, but no time soon. Right now heÃ¢'s just going to follow the doctorÃ¢'s orders. When the doctor gives him the green light, then weÃ¢'ll talk about it. Right now we just want him to rest and we want to thank all the well wishers. TheyÃ¢'ve been flowing in, and Oscar really appreciates them.Ã¢â¬Â Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs), 27, a two-time Olympian from Mexico, retained his title for the fourth time with the kind of gutsy and exciting performance that harkened back to so many fights put on by fan-favorite warriors from his country, such as Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales, ValdezÃ¢'s idol. It was not lost on Top Rank president Todd duBoef, ValdezÃ¢'s promoter. Ã¢â¬ÅThose memorable nights and memorable performances make fans want to see someone come back right away,Ã¢â¬Â duBoef said. Ã¢â¬ÅIt was a breakthrough night for Oscar, so itÃ¢'s unfortunate that he has an injury that will keep him on the sideline for a bit. We donÃ¢' know how long heÃ¢'ll be sidelined, but his star power and the awareness of him to fight fans and sports fans dramatically increased as a result of his brave performance on Saturday night.Ã¢â¬Â The fight almost didnÃ¢' come off because EnglandÃ¢'s Quigg (34-2-2, 25 KOs), 29, came in overweight at FridayÃ¢'s weigh-in. He was 128.8 pounds, well over the 126-pound limit and ineligible to win the title, while Valdez was 125.8. Top Rank and Espinoza wanted Quigg to agree to a Saturday morning weight check at which he couldnÃ¢' weigh more than 136 pounds, but Quigg refused to go along with it.