BURY’S former world champion boxer Scott Quigg is back in full training stateside and determined to get his bid for another title shot back on track.

The 29-year-old has been out of action since defeat – only the second in his professional career – to Oscar Valdez in California in March.

The length of his absence was partly down to the recovery of the fractured foot he suffered in the build-up to that showdown that also led to him failing to make the weight to challenge for WBO world featherweight title on the night.

It led to a slow road back and one that Quigg says has been the hardest of his career.

He even admits to feeling so low he piled on the pounds as he turned to food for comfort during what he says was an unhappy time.

But now, as he prepares to resume full training across the Atlantic, Quigg says he is ‘in a good place’ and ready to get back to what he does best in the ring.

Speaking to the Bury Times just before jetting out, Quigg said: “It was a tough time recovering from that foot injury after losing to Valdez, though I took I felt I gave a good account of myself on the night in defeat.

“Afterwards, I piled on weight as I comfort ate and got up to 12 stone just binging.

“It was an unhappy time because I couldn’t be in the gym where I wanted to be – it’s what I live for.

“But once I was able to start doing work again, I was much happier and the drive and determination were back.

“I am in a good place now as I head back to America and feel stronger.”

Quigg hopes to be back in action in the autumn with a provisional date set for October 20 in Boston.

For now, though, it is about regaining that fitness and drive to succeed that saw him go unbeaten in his first 33 pro outings and retain his world super bantamweight title several times.

Quigg added: “You live and learn and setbacks can make you better in the long run.

“I still feel I belong at the top level and can be a world champion again and that is the aim still.”