SCOTT QUIGG has imposed a nookie ban ahead of his bid to become a two weight world champion.
The former WBA world super bantamweight champ heads for California on Monday to prepare for his fight against unbeaten featherweight king Oscar Valdez at the Stub Hub Centre in Carson.
His fitness instructor fiance Beverley will follow at a later date but Quigg has already told her she won’t be sharing his bed until after the March 10 clash for Valdez’s WBO featherweight belt.
He admitted: “I don’t think Bev is too happy about it but I’ve made a decision. I probably won’t even see her before the first bell unless I bump into her at the weigh in or something like that.
“Lots of fighters don’t have nookie ahead of a big fight – former world champion Carl Froch was one of them and it didn’t do him any harm!”
And with a twinkle in his eye, Quigg added: “One thing I am looking forward to is making up for lost time after I’ve taken the belt from Valdez.”
Power punching Mexican Valdez is the odds on favourite to retain his WBO title but Quigg insists being the underdog suits him.
He added: “What the bookies think doesn’t mean anything at all to me. I’ll be in California to take his title and I’ll prove to everyone that I still have the desire and ability to become a two weight world champion.”
Valdez represented Mexico at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games before joining the paid ranks and has a KO ratio of over 80 per cent.
Bury fighter Quigg, who lost his WBA super bantamweight title to Carl Frampton lin 2016, has already tasted the power Valdez has in his gloves as they sparred at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles a couple of months back.
Quigg revealed: “We share the same gym and I was asked if I wanted to spar Valdez. Of course I said yes straight away because if I didn’t people would think I was scared of him.
“Some fighters don’t like sparring a potential opponent because there is a fear of giving too much away.
“We did two eight rounders and two tens, I can honestly say we brought the gym to a standstill.
“What did I learn? He does have a big punch but he is not the most difficult of fighters to hit. He’s exciting as his record of 19 KO’s in 23 bouts shows.
“He carries a bit of a pop and has a boxing brain – but I am better and I’ll prove it.”
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