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Quigg: I want Frampton
8:00am Thursday 28th November 2013 in Sport
SCOTT Quigg wants to become a double world champion in 2014 and is also earmarking a ‘battle of Britain’ clash with Northern Ireland’s Carl Frampton.
The Bury boxer put in an explosive display to retain his WBA super-bantamweight belt at Manchester’s Phones4U Arena on Saturday, taking little more than a round and a half to dispatch Argentine Diego Silva with two knockdowns.
Now he hopes a showdown with unbeaten 26-year-old Frampton can happen. But as well as a contest between the British numbers one and two, Quigg also wants to add to his WBA crown and be an undisputed champion.
The 25-year-old said: “Carl Frampton and me is a massive fight. We made him a big offer and he didn’t take it.
“I want the fight and he says he wants it too. If he can get a world title then the fight is even bigger.
“There are other options for me like Kiko Martinez that would be a unification fight and a chance to become a double world champion.”
Quigg stretched his unbeaten record to 27 wins from 29 professional fights as chief support on the Carl Froch v George Groves Manchester bill.
He walked on to a huge ovation from a 20,000-strong crowd and his dismantling of 30-year-old Silva has enhanced his reputation. Speaking to the Bury Times immediately after his second-round victory, he said: “It was unbelievable getting that reception from so many people. Stood on that ramp looking around at the support was the best feeling ever.
“I wanted to make a statement and be nasty and aggressive and I enjoyed it. It was different to the last fight against Salinas where we had to box smart at the start.
“The first round I wanted to see what he had and find his rhythm.
“In the second round, I thought ‘right, now he’s having it’.
“I just hit him and hurt him – it wasn’t so much a plan. I wanted to go in there and do a job. I knew when I connected I had hurt him and he half blocked it as well.
“He felt it and I could see in his eyes he knew my power. It was only a matter of time.”
Trainer Joe Gallagher heaped praise on his star pupil and admitted Martinez is in their sights, possibly as early as March next year.
He said: “We are off to Spain next month to watch the IBF champion Kiko Martinez – hopefully he wins and we will have a unification fight with him in 2014.
“Scott showed devastating power again and proved what a class act he is.”