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Scott Quigg plans to use Jono Carroll as a stepping stone back to world title shot

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Scott Quigg [35(26)-2(0)-2] is looking for lift off when he faces Jono Carroll [17(3)-1(0)-1] in Saudi Arabia this coming December.

The former WBA super-bantamweight world champion has not been seen in the ring for over 12 months and is hoping to relaunch his career with victory on the undercard of the Andy Ruiz Anthony Joshua, December 7 repeat.

The Bury native and former Carl Frampton victim fights the charismatic Dub for the IBF super featherweight International ranking title and believes victory will put him on course for a second world title win.

Manchester’s Quigg, now based in Los Angeles, is itching for the chance to become a two-weight World Champion. He made five defences of the WBA 118lbs crown before losing out to Carl Frampton in a Unification battle at Manchester Arena in 2016.

He was outpointed by Oscar Valdez in an attempt for the Mexican’s WBO featherweight world title at the StubHub Center in Carson in March 2018 but now has his sights set on a World Championship at super-featherweight.

A win over recent IBF world title challenger ‘King Kong’ will help his cause and he is planning a career best performance in the Ireland v England 126lbs clash as a result.

“I am delighted to be on this huge card,” said Quigg. “It is a great platform for me to launch my career forward again and get my name back out there after being out the ring for over 12 months due to injury.

“Despite being out the ring for the length of time I have I expect to be putting in a career best performance and moving back in to the title mix. I look forward to the Saudi Arabian experience and I am privileged to be part of such a special show.”

Carroll was last in action outclassing Eleazar Valenzuela in Mexico in August; bouncing back from March’s agonising IBF world super-featherweight title points defeat to Tevin Farmer in Philadelphia.

The ‘Clash on the Dunes’ bill is topped by the WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight title collision between American champion Ruiz and Londoner Joshua.


Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com