Quigg: I want Frampton

Bury Times: OUR HERO Scott Quigg celebrates his victory which saw him retain his world title OUR HERO Scott Quigg celebrates his victory which saw him retain his world title

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.”


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