Scott Quigg aims to move closer to Carl Frampton rematch next month

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Scott Quigg [31(23)-1(0)-2] makes the step up to featherweight next month as he continues to chase Carl Frampton.

The pair fought in a super bantamweight unification back in February at the Manchester Arena, which admittedly failed to catch fire. The Jackal won decisively that night and would move up in weight and win the WBA featherweight title against Leo Santa Cruz, while Quigg has been out of action since due do having his jaw broken by the Belfast man.

Bury’s Quigg suffered a difficult recovery, needing multiple surgeries, but finally returns to the ring, again at the Manchester Arena, on the Anthony Joshua v Eric Molina pay-per-view undercard on December 10th. It has today been confirmed that the Englishman will face Jose Cayetano [20(9)-4(0)] in his comeback. Cayetano was widely outpointed by Santa Cruz on the Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao undercard, and recently defeated Alexis Santiago fot the NABF super bantamweight title.

The fight will be for the WBA International title and if Quigg, as expected, wins, he will secure a spot in the Top 15 of the rankings of the organisation in which Frampton is current champion.

In addition to this surely deliberate choice of the WBA route, Quigg has also expressed his desire to face IBF champion Lee Selby.

Quigg reiterated that “I want to be linked with Carl Frampton and Lee Selby because if I am not linked with them, I’m doing something wrong. It’s no secret that I want a rematch with Carl and I would love to fight Lee too. I want to avenge the loss against Carl, which I believe I can do, and I want to become a two-weight World champion and that means fighting title holders like Lee.”

“I believe I am the best, I had a bad night last time, but if I keep winning, those big World title fights will come back once again and the results will go my way.”

Quigg doesn’t believe that he will have any issues returning to the scene of his defeat to Frampton, and he described how “the Manchester Arena is my home. I’ve had some great nights there and there are more to come. It doesn’t faze me that it’s where I fell short on the biggest night of my career, I want to go back and kick-off those good memories again and start the ball rolling at featherweight.”

Joe O'Neill

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