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Scott Quigg to face Kiko Martinez on July 18

Quigg outpointed Hidenori Otaki in November. Photo by Scott Heavey/ Getty

Quigg (right) outpointed Hidenori Otaki in November. Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Junior featherweight contender Scott Quigg will defend his WBA “regular” title against veteran Spaniard Kiko Martinez at the Manchester Arena, England, on July 18.

[Editor’s Note: THE RING only recognizes Guillermo Rigondeaux as WBA titleholder at 122 pounds.]

It will be the undefeated Englishman’s first outing in eight months after undergoing hand surgery following a lopsided points victory over Japan’s Hidenori Otake in November last year.

Quigg, from Bury, is THE RING’s No. 3-ranked 122 pounder and will look to make a strong statement by taking out former IBF beltholder Martinez (32-5, 24 knockouts), who lost that title last year when beaten for a second time by long-standing rival, Carl Frampton.

“I was very busy and the break has done me good – I am refreshed,” said 26-year-old Quigg (30-2, 22 KOs), who, before his recent injury, had fought five times in 13 months. “We know what Kiko brings; he’s been in everyone’s backyard and this is the toughest fight of my career. But there’s one thing I know: I will beat him on July 18.

“He’s strong; he comes forward and he’s a big puncher. It will be the best performance of my career – and it will need to be. I predict a devastating victory.

“This is a dangerous fight and these are the ones I want. It’s the type of fight that you get out of bed for and go on your morning run for. The fear of losing my title makes me work even harder.”


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