Super bantamweight star Scott Quigg has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Sport and will debut under new promoter Eddie Hearn at the USN Bolton Arena on June 29, live on Sky Sports in ‘Rock & Croll’.
The unbeaten interim WBA champion features in a ten-rounder on the stacked bill topped by fellow Manchester fighter Anthony Crolla in a mouth-watering lightweight clash with Welshman Gavin Rees, and Quigg is raring to get into action again after a barren spell on the sidelines.
“I'm delighted to have signed a deal with Matchroom Sport and it's great to have a fight so soon,” said Quigg. “I've been in training for a long time and with a new start with a new promoter.
“I'm always in the gym, I love training. But a fighter always wants to be in the ring fighting, that's where you learn and you also make your money to pay your bills.
"I've got the same hunger as always and I just want to get active again and I think Matchroom Sport and Sky Sports is the place to get that. I can't wait to get back in there, that's where I'm at home and I've missed it.
“We're getting the ball rolling in Bolton, I've had one fight in a year so it's about getting the momentum going and looking to make waves in the division again.
“No-one sees how hard I train, no-one sees the effort and dedication that I put in to get to the top. I came into boxing wanting to be a World champion, I don't want to settle at British or European - I've come in to be the best. You might need a bit of luck here and there but I think I have the ability and I know I have the desire and dedication to make it happen.”
“I’m delighted to welcome Scott Quigg to the team,” said Hearn “He is on the cusp of challenging for a world title, and with the backing of Matchroom Sport and Sky Sports we believe he’ll get there and stay there for a long time.”
“It's a fantastic signing for Matchroom, they've got a real coup with Scott,” said Quigg’s trainer Joe Gallagher. “He's the interim WBA champ, the young boxer of the year last year, he's still young and he's an exciting talent. He lit up the MEN Arena when he beat Rendall Munroe and I think, in football terms, it's the transfer of the season.
“I only have to look at the way George Groves has been handled by Eddie Hearn, that's something that I want for Scott. He needs to get back on the horse, a couple of fights under his belt before going for the big one. Scott was on a diet of southpaw for a year with the Rendall Munroe fight, so he needs to get the momentum going.”
Quigg is the latest big name addition to a star-studded card in Bolton, topped by Rees and Crolla, with Liverpool super middleweights Paul Smith and Tony Dodson scrapping for the vacant British title, light middleweight Brian Rose taking on Alexey Ribchev and Team GB’s Olympic boxing captain Thomas Stalker joined by young stars Martin J. Ward, Dale Evans and Maxi Hughes.
Tickets are on sale now priced £40, £70 ringside and £120 VIP. Tickets are available at www.matchroomboxing.com or by calling 01277 359900.