Undefeated British super bantamweight and interim WBA titleholder Scott Quigg has joined Matchroom Sport. It's a bit of an ironic move, given that rival and hopeful future foe Carl Frampton just left Matchroom. Nevertheless, Quigg, who has been out of action since last November when he had his second fight against Rendall Munroe, is eager to get back in the ring and continue advancing onto the world stage.
Right here, you can watch the entire press conference for Quigg's arrival with Matchroom, as well as a second video in which Quigg and trainer Joe Gallagher discuss the situation. Quigg will next fight on June 29 in Bolton.
“I'm delighted to have signed a deal with Matchroom Sport and it's great to have a fight so soon,” said Quigg. “I've been in training for a long time and with a new start with a new promoter.
“I'm always in the gym, I love training. But a fighter always wants to be in the ring fighting, that's where you learn and you also make your money to pay your bills. I've got the same hunger as always and I just want to get active again and I think Matchroom Sport and Sky Sports is the place to get that. I can't wait to get back in there, that's where I'm at home and I've missed it.
“We're getting the ball rolling in Bolton, I've had one fight in a year so it's about getting the momentum going and looking to make waves in the division again.
“No-one sees how hard I train, no-one sees the effort and dedication that I put in to get to the top. I came into boxing wanting to be a World champion, I don't want to settle at British or European - I've come in to be the best. You might need a bit of luck here and there but I think I have the ability and I know I have the desire and dedication to make it happen.”
“I’m delighted to welcome Scott Quigg to the team,” said Hearn “He is on the cusp of challenging for a world title, and with the backing of Matchroom Sport and Sky Sports we believe he’ll get there and stay there for a long time.”
“It's a fantastic signing for Matchroom, they've got a real coup with Scott,” said Quigg’s trainer Joe Gallagher. “He's the interim WBA champ, the young boxer of the year last year, he's still young and he's an exciting talent. He lit up the MEN Arena when he beat Rendall Munroe and I think, in football terms, it's the transfer of the season.
“I only have to look at the way George Groves has been handled by Eddie Hearn, that's something that I want for Scott. He needs to get back on the horse, a couple of fights under his belt before going for the big one. Scott was on a diet of southpaw for a year with the Rendall Munroe fight, so he needs to get the momentum going.”
Quigg is the latest big name addition to a star-studded card in Bolton, topped by Rees and Crolla, with Liverpool super middleweights Paul Smith and Tony Dodson scrapping for the vacant British title, light middleweight Brian Rose taking on Alexey Ribchev and Team GB’s Olympic boxing captain Thomas Stalker joined by young stars Martin J. Ward, Dale Evans and Maxi Hughes.