SCOTT Quigg’s return to the ring could land on the card of a major heavyweight fight.

The Bury star will end his long lay-off by fighting back in the UK for the first time in nearly three years, with a slot on a bill headlined by Oleksandr Usyk and Derek Chisora looking likely.

The town’s former WBA World super-bantamweight champion is expected to clash with Irishman Jono Carroll, the pair having been due to meet on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jnr in Saudi Arabia at the start of December only for Quigg to suffer a recurrence of an arm injury.

Now he is fit again with Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn suggesting that the fight could happen at the Manchester Arena on March 7 with Ukrainian star Usyk and Finchley favourite Chisora pencilled in to do battle in the main event.

Hearn however has also not ruled out the fight taking place in London later in the month.

Either way Quigg fans will get to see their man back on home soil for the first time since he beat Viorel Simion at Wembley on the night Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017. You have to go back even further to December 2016 for his last outing at the Arena, the 31-year-old stopping Jose Cayetano in the ninth round.

His troublesome arm injury also means his last fight, a 35th professional victory in 39 fights, came in October 2018 when he knocked out Mario Briones in the second round in Boston.

Ahead of their likely meeting, Carroll believes he is the man on the up, the outspoken Irishman having come up short in a challenge for the IBF World super-featherweight title against Tevin Farmer in March of 2019.

“I’ll smash Scott Quigg’s head in today, I’ll smash it in next week. I could tell him what I am going to do to him and I am (still) going to be able to do it,” Carroll has said of the fight.

“I think it will be a 12-round war. It’s not one of those where someone will get stopped. I am going to grind him and work him hard and I am going to hurt him.”