Scott Quigg wants Carl Frampton after Stephane Jamoye
In advance of Saturday’s fight with Stephane Jamoye, RING number four-rated junior featherweight Scott Quigg has a message for IBF titleholder Carl Frampton.
“After I beat Stephane Jamoye,” said Frampton, of the bout that is slated for the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England, “I’m taking your world title.”
The hard-hitting Quigg (28-0-2, 21 knockouts) is 7-0-2 with seven knockouts in his past nine fights and will be after his third consecutive stoppage win against Jamoye (26-5, 16 KOs).
Quigg, 25, was last in action for a second round technical knockout of Tshifhiwa Munyai in April at Phones 4u Arena and will be making his third consecutive appearance at the venue against Jamoye.
Frampton, 27, is THE RING’s number one-rated 122-pounder, having dethroned Kiko Martinez in Belfast, Northern Ireland via unanimous decision on Saturday.
“I was pleased to see Carl win the title on Saturday and now it makes perfect sense for us to fight. I’ll fight him in Belfast, no problem, but 9,000 in Belfast versus 20,000 in Manchester, it makes more sense to do it there,” said Frampton.
“But if they can find somewhere in Belfast with 20,000, then I can go there. I don’t care. It’s one of the biggest fights in British boxing alongside Amir Khan and Kell Brook. It’s that big. Everyone has an opinion. We both think we can win, so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t fight and I know that I will come out with both belts.”
Quigg will first have to get beyond Jamoye, 24, who is coming off a 75-second stoppage of Richard Voros in June that followed a failed bid to earn the WBC 118-pound belt in a ninth round stoppage loss to RING number two-rated bantamweight Shinsuke Yamanaka.
“Jamoye is a very good fighter. He’s only 24 but he’s been around at a good level for a long time. He’s boxed for a world title in Japan; he is prepared to travel and travels well. He comes forward and he’s got some good names on his [record.] He has fallen short at the top level but he would have gained experience from that and will have learned from it,” said Quigg.
“…We approached nearly every fighter in the division, so I give Jamoye plenty of respect for stepping up. Boxing always throws up surprises and you have to expect the unexpected. So as long as I am 100 percent ready, focused and sharp, all I have to do is take care of the guy in the opposite corner. That’s the only thing on my mind. This hasn’t affected me at all. I am in the best shape ever and you’re going to see the best of me in there at the weekend.”
Note: Quigg’s quotes from a release by Matchroom Sport
JUNIOR BENJAMIN, KEVIN NEWMAN II SIGN WITH MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS
English featherweight Junior Benjamin and Las Vegas-based super middleweight Kevin Newman II were signed by Mayweather Promotions on Friday, the company recently announced.
Benjamin, 20, and Newman, 22, will make their professional debuts in support of Saturday’s rematch between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled about how Mayweather Promotions is continuing to grow and how top talent from around the world are recognizing our progress and are eager to join the team,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions.
Benjamin has trained at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas with his uncle, Tunde Ajayi.
“It’s a dream come true to be promoted by Mayweather Promotions. Anyone that knows me and my uncle knows that it has been our dream from day one,” said Benjamin.
“To finally have it happen proves that if you believe in God first, work hard and dedicate yourself to your job, dreams come true. I’m making my pro debut on the biggest boxing stage of the year and I want to thank Floyd Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe for giving me this opportunity.”
Newman is trained by Mayweather’s uncle, Jeff Mayweather.
“This is a blessing. It’s really a dream come true,” said Newman. “I’m humbled by it. This is where everyone wants to get to and I’m glad and thankful to be here.”
ERIK MORALES HAS JOINED FOX DEPORTES
Four-division titlist Erik Morales, 38, has been hired by Fox Deportes as a boxing analyst and commentator, according to a release by Carlos Sanchez, executive vice president and general manager of Fox Deportes.
Morales was last in action in October 2012 for a fourth round stoppage loss to current RING junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, to whom he also lost by unanimous decision in his previous bout in March 2012.
Prior to the loss to Garcia, Morales became Mexico’s first fighter to win four belts in as many different weight classes with a 10th-round TKO over the previously unbeaten Pablo Cesar Cano for the WBC’s 140-pound in September 2011. Morales lost that title to Garcia. Morales is most known, however, for winning one of three bouts each in separate trilogies with Manny Pacquiao and Marco Antonio Barrera.