Former WBA world super-bantamweight champion Scott Quigg says he’s treating Saturday’s Manchester Arena fight against Jono Carroll as the perfect chance to show he can challenge for another world title.
The Bury product meets Carroll this weekend in a super-featherweight contest aiming to prove his credentials as a potential two-weight world champion. Quigg held the super-bantamweight crown between 2013 and 2016 before losing the belt in a split decision to Carl Frampton at the Arena. He then lost out on claiming the WBO world featherweight title when going down to a unanimous points defeat to Oscar Valdez in Carson, California in 2018.
But Quigg believes his return to Manchester could be the start of his journey to a second world championship, even if he isn’t taking anything for granted against a fellow alumnus of the famous Wild Card Boxing Club where Manny Pacquiao once trained.
“I respect any fighter that gets through the ropes. It only takes one punch to change a fight. He’s the slightly bigger man. I’m strong enough, I hit hard enough, I’m tough enough, and the main thing is I’m more than smart enough to deal with the bigger guys,” he told the latest episode of Matchroom Boxing’s ‘Born Fighter’.
"I proved that day-in, day-out at the Wild Card. People like Jono come through the Wild Card door every day and I’ve sparred and dealt with many people like him. I’m not taking it lightly, but I know what I need to do. I’ve put the right preparation in and I’m more than ready.
“The amount of nonsense he talks, because he talks that much, he starts to believe it. If he didn’t believe it he’d start going into himself, he’d start having doubts. He hopes I’m scared. Unfortunately for him, I’m not scared of him.
"When I beat him, this will put me back where I want to be, at the forefront of getting a world title shot.”
This will be Quigg’s first fight in Manchester in over three years, with his December 2016 victory over Jose Cayetano marking the last time he fought at the Arena. He went on to beat Viorel Simion at Wembley Arena before venturing abroad for the first time in his career to beat Oleg Yefimovych in Monte Carlo in November 2017. His last two bouts, against Valdez and Mario Briones both took place in the United States, but Quigg is delighted to return home to take on Dublin-born Carroll.
“The big thing I’m happy about is being back at home, showing the public I’m back,” added the 31-year-old. “I’d love rematches with the two people that beat me, Frampton and Valdez, I’d love to get rematches with them. All of my focus at this moment is on Carroll. Once I’ve dealt with him, that’s when I’ll think about what’s next.”
Quigg v Carroll will be screened on Sky Sports Arena from 7pm on Saturday, with coverage beginning on Sky Sports Main Event from 8pm.