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Scott Quigg expects summer return after hand surgery

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Scott Quigg (R) vs. Hidenori Otake on Nov. 22, 2014. Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images.


RING No. 3-rated junior featherweight Scott Quigg expects to be out of action until next summer in the wake of surgery to repair a right-hand injury that was suffered during last month’s unanimous decision over Hidenori Otake, according to promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.

A hard-hitting 26-year-old, Quigg (30-0-2, 22 knockouts) went 3-0 with two knockouts during 2014, but tore the extensor hood tendons in the middle and index knuckles of his right hand against Otake.

“Obviously it’s disappointing not to be able to fight on March 28, but I’ve had a great run of five fights in 18 months, four of them being world title fights,” said Quigg. “The rest will probably do my body good, and then I will be looking to come back with a huge fight in early summer.”

Before facing Otake, Quigg second-round stoppage of Tshifhiwa Munyai in April, followed by a third-round knockout of Stephane Jamoye in September.

“We are disappointed for Scott that he cannot fight in March, but we wish him all the best in his recovery,” said Hearn. “When he is back to full fitness, there are some huge unification bouts out there for him, and I am sure that despite this setback, 2015 will still be a huge year for Scott.”