Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Quigg eyes big fights soon
By Dan Rafael
Just seven weeks after making his first title defense, junior featherweight titlist Scott Quigg of England will make defense No. 2 when he faces Diego Silva on Saturday (AWE and AWE.com, 3 p.m. ET) at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England.
The fight will take place as the co-feature on the card headlined by super middleweight titleholder Carl Froch’s much-anticipated defense against British countryman George Groves.
The 25-year-old Quigg (26-0-2, 19 KOs) fought to a draw in his first defense against Yoandris Salinas on Oct. 5, a fight many thought Quigg had pulled out in the late rounds. Despite the short turnaround time to this fight. Quigg said he is ready to go against Argentina’s Silva (29-2-4, 15 KOs).
“I was at the gym just two days after the Salinas fight,” he said. “I am improved and am ready for Saturday. It was my team’s idea to come back so quick as I wasn’t hurt and I am a gym rat. I wasn’t hurt or bruised at all so everything should be good on Saturday.
“We have seen a few tapes. He comes forward and is aggressive. That will make it good exciting for the fans.”
Quigg is hoping to have a good performance and use it as a springboard for fights against bigger names.
“I want to be in the big fights. There is pressure to perform as I want to make some noise across the pond,” Quigg said. “This is a big platform so I can make this happen. [Unified champion Guillermo Rigondeaux] is obviously the No. 1 guy in the division, but there is Leo Santa Cruz, Kiko Martinez and even Vic Darchinyan if he goes back down to 122 pounds that can make for great fights for me.”
Another big fight in the United Kingdom would be Quigg against Northern Ireland star Carl Frampton.
“I want the Frampton fight. We made him an offer and the fight didn’t happen,” Quigg said. “It’s good to have him as a rival and after Carl and George get done on Saturday that is the biggest potential fight in the United Kingdom.”
Interim middleweight titlist Martin Murray was supposed to box on Saturday’s card in a nontitle bout but has withdrawn because of a virus. He been replaced on the show by middleweight contender Andy Lee, who will face an opponent to be determined.