- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Junior featherweight Scott Quigg has been one of Britain's best prospects for the past few years and this week he got the stamp of approval from the British Boxing Writers Club, which will give him the prestigious "Best Young Boxer of the Year" award.
England's Quigg (24-0-1, 17 KOs), 23, will receive the award during a ceremony Oct. 15 at a London hotel. The award has gone to several British fighters who have gone on to great acclaim, including Ricky Hatton (whose Hatton Promotions handles Quigg), Joe Calzaghe, "Prince" Naseem Hamed, Nigel Benn, Frank Bruno, Barry McGuigan, John Conteh and Ken Buchanan.
"I am very proud to receive this award from the Boxing Writers Club," said Quigg, a former British champion. "When I was told I had won the award, it took a while to really sink in, especially when you look at some of the people who have won the award in the past. It just drives me on to be the best I possibly can. It's my dream to become a world champion. To be mentioned in the same breath as Ricky Hatton, Frank Bruno and Nigel Benn is a great honor. I can't thank the boxing writers enough."
As a past winner, Hatton, the former junior welterweight champion who also won a welterweight belt, knows how Quigg feels, but he is also proud because he promotes him.
"It was a proud moment for me when the Boxing Writers Club voted for me so I know Scott will be honored," Hatton said. "He lives and breathes boxing and there is no more deserving winner of the award than Scott, who is one of the world's finest prospects. It is also fantastic for all of us at Hatton Promotions to know that the media rate one of our young boxers so highly."
The lone blemish on Quigg's record came in June -- a third-round technical draw against Rendall Munroe in a fight for a vacant interim world title. Munroe suffered a bad cut over his right eye from an accidental head butt and the fight had to be stopped.
They will meet again on Nov. 24 at Manchester Arena for the still-vacant belt on the undercard of Hatton's comeback from a 3½-years retirement against former welterweight titlist Vyacheslav Senchenko of Ukraine.