Scott Quigg to face Hidenori Otake on Nov. 22
Scott Quigg will defend his WBA “World” junior featherweight title against Japanese contender Hidenori Otake at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, on Nov. 22. [Note: THE RING recognizes Guillermo Rigondeaux’s “Super World” title as the legitimate WBA belt.]
The unbeaten Englishman is promising to take out Otake (22-1-3, 9 knockouts) with the same sort of explosive display that enabled him to stop Belgium’s Stephane Jamoye in Round 3 back in September.
The Quigg-Otake clash will be featured on a huge undercard supporting the anticipated grudge rematch between British cruiserweights Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew. The Matchroom-promoted show is an 11,000-seat sell-out.
“I can’t wait to defend my title in Liverpool on a huge night for British boxing,” said 26-year-old Quigg (29-0-2, 22 KOs). “Otake represents the toughest fight of my career and I’m working hard to put in a scintillating performance. He is highly ranked and highly respected with an exciting style. But I’m on a big run of KOs and I don’t intend on stopping.”
Quigg, from Bury, had been slated to fight Shingo Wake before an ankle injury forced the Japanese man to withdraw last week.
On the same bill in Merseyside, British super middleweight contender James DeGale will face Mexico’s Marco Antonio Periban over 12 rounds. Also in action is rising 168-pound Liverpool star Callum Smith versus Nikola Sjekloca in a WBC title eliminator.
Meanwhile, British bantamweight Jamie McDonnell, ranked No. 8 by THE RING, will meet Colombian Walberto Ramos and new heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua, whose nine straight wins have all come inside three rounds, will take on fellow Englishman Michael Sprott in a British title eliminator.
The action from the Echo Arena will be screened live in the U.K. via the Sky Box Office Pay-Per-View service.
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