- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Junior featherweight Scott Quigg will defend his version of the 122-pound world title when he meets interim titlist Nehomar Cermeno on April 19 at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England, Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn announced Wednesday.
Quigg (27-0-2, 20 KOs), 25, of England, will be making the third defense of his belt. He is coming off a second-round knockout of Diego Silva on Nov. 23, also at the Phones 4u Arena.
"Scott Quigg is in the toughest fight of his career against mandatory challenger and interim champ Cermeno, who already holds impressive victories over Cristian Mijares, who faces Leo Santa Cruz in March for the WBC crown, and undefeated Oscar Escandon in his last outing," Hearn said.
Cermeno (22-5-1, 13 KOs), 34, of Venezuela, has won two bouts in a row, including a split-decision win against Escandon in August in Panama.
Cermeno, however, had a rough stretch before the two victories, going 1-5-1 from 2010 to 2012. Included in the losses were back-to-back split decision defeats to Anselmo Moreno in bantamweight world title bouts and losses to former world titleholders Fernando Montiel and Victor Terrazas.
Cermeno's eight-round draw during the stretch came against Yoandris Salinas in 2011. Quigg also fought Salinas to a draw in his first title defense in October.
Hearn said others ticketed for the card, which will be televised in the United States on AWE (the former WeathTV), include two 2012 British Olympic gold medallists, heavyweight Anthony Joshua (4-0, 4 KOs) and lightweight Luke Campbell (4-0, 3 KOs), both of whom have interim bouts first. Campbell fights on Saturday and Joshua has a fight scheduled on March 1. Also on the card will be former bantamweight titlist Jamie McDonnell (23-2-1, 10 KOs) and lightweight Anthony Crolla (27-4-1, 10 KOs) of Manchester.
"Anthony Crolla will be in a big domestic battle, Jamie McDonnell is on the march to a second world title and Olympic Gold medallists Anthony Joshua and Luke Campbell continue their journeys to the top," Hearn said.