Scott Quigg – “it is up to me whether the rematch happens”

Scott Quigg [31(23)-1(0)-2] finally gets back in to the ring tomorrow night in Manchester as he steps up the chase to secure a rematch with the only man to beat him as a pro.

The Bury boxer has been out of action since his crushing defeat to Belfast’s Carl Frampton in February, where ‘The Jackal’ broke his jaw en-route to an easy points win.

The win that night saw Frampton unify his IBF super bantamweight title with Quigg’s WBA belt, and he has since moved up to featherweight where he won the WBA belt off Leo Santa Cruz, who he will rematch next month in Las Vegas.

Quigg has spent much of 2016 recovering from the injury inflicted by Frampton, and a subsequent reaction to the metal plate installed into his jaw.

Now back fighting fit, the English boxer has also moved up to featherweight and begins his comeback tomorrow on the Anthony Joshua v Eric Molina undercard at the Manchester Arena where he ease back into things against Jose Cayetano [20(9)-4(0). for the rankings-enhancing WBA International belt.

A win would see him enter the WBA rankings at 126lbs, and it is obvious that a rematch with champion Frampton is his eventual goal. Quigg however knows that the public demand for such a fight is at an all-time low, but he intends to change that with a run of impressive wins starting tomorrow.

Quigg admitted that “the thing is, that [Frampton rematch] is irrelevant at the moment. At the end of the day it is up to me whether the rematch happens.”

“I’ve got to go out there and keep winning to make people want to see that fight again. I’m concentrating on myself. He is doing his own thing and I’m doing my thing. I’m sure if I keep winning then that fight will happen again.”

“It is about building the buzz back up.”

Joe O'Neill

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