Scott Quigg has set his sights on becoming a two-weight world champion as he prepares to face Jono Carroll on his return to the ring on March 7. Having not fought at the Manchester Arena since December 10 2016, this will mark somewhat of a homecoming fight for the Bury-born boxer who has been out of the game for 16 months.
When asked by The Sportsman when he hoped to become a double weight world champion Quigg replied:
“This year! Obviously get a good win here, put in a good performance and hopefully that will put me in line for one of the world champions and I’m confident that this year I will become a two-weight world champion.”
Quigg, now fighting at super featherweight, was set to take on his opponent Carrol on the undercard of the rematch of Andy Ruiz v Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia, but unfortunately for the pair of them, Quigg was forced to pull out with a reoccurring arm injury. However, this has allowed Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing to turn this into the main event fight on home soil, something that Quigg is relishing:
“I’m looking forward to being back in the ring but the icing on the cake but to be back in Manchester fighting at home. To be boxing again in front of my home crowd, I think my last fight over here in Manchester was against Cayetano in 2016 so it has been a while since I’ve boxed at Manchester Arena. It’s something I’m really looking forward to and everyone’s going to get behind me.”
Carroll has used the fact Quigg pulled out of the last fight to taunt him ahead of this one, telling him "just make sure you show up" in a Twitter spat. Quigg responded by calling his upcoming opponent a "feather fisted tit" a comment he sticks by.
He told The Sportsman: “To be honest with you he talks a lot of rubbish, I think that is to build himself up to give him some confidence but to be honest with you he isn’t going to be smashing anybody’s head in. When I get in that ring, I’ll take the centre of that ring and if he wants to trade then it is going to be an early night for him.
“You can expect an exciting fight, obviously, I’ve been out of the ring for a long time due to injury, but in that time I’ve done two camps I’ve been improving I’ve been out in America, people are going to see a lot of improvements as well as an exciting fight. It’s a must-win fight. The loser has got nowhere to go.”
Also on the March 7 undercard in Manchester is the return of heavyweight Hughie Fury and light-middleweight Scott Fitzgerald.