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Quigg prepares for 'dangerous' title defence

ESPN staff
September 12, 2014
Scott Quigg will be defending his WBA world super-bantamweight title for the fourth time © Getty Images
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Scott Quigg regards Saturday's fourth defence of his WBA world super-bantamweight title as more dangerous than his last one.

The unbeaten Bury boxer faces Belgium's Stephane Jamoye at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester after another change of opponent in the weeks leading up to fight night.

Quigg, 25, had been due to face former WBO world bantamweight champion Paulus Ambunda, but the Namibian pulled out after suffering a hamstring injury in training.

Jamoye was drafted in late last month and his victims include Britons Lee Haskins and Ashley Sexton in a 26-5 record.

Quigg insists he is not taking Jamoye lightly after talk this week of a future world title unification clash with Belfast's new IBF champion Carl Frampton.

"This is a dangerous fight for me, maybe even more so than my last one," Quigg told ESPN.

"He has a different style to Tshifhiwa Munyai - he's more aggressive and he comes forward. This guy has beaten better names than Munyai.

"My next opponent has been around a long time but he's only 24. He's fought Leo Santa Cruz in 2011 and fought for the world title down at bantamweight only in April.

"He has been European champion and beaten good British fighters like Lee Haskins, so he's gained experienced as a young fighter and now he's getting his man strength.

"I just concentrate on doing what I can do to make sure I'm at my best and the chance of opponent hasn't affected anything."

Quigg has blasted his last two opponents out in a two rounds and says his power has surprised a few people.

"I always knew I could hit," he told ESPN. "In fights, sometimes you need to make it easy by boxing, other times by going on the front foot and getting them out early like I did in my last fight. Some people didn't think I had the power, but I do.

"Some of the people on Sky TV even said Munyai would cause an upset in my last fight because they had seen him in the gym. The same people then said he was weight drained after I stopped him in two rounds."

After destroying South African Tshifhiwa Munyai in April, promoter Eddie Hearn discussed the possibility of Quigg boxing at Bury football club. Quigg hopes to one day get the chance to box at his local League Two side.

"It would have been nice to have boxed at Bury," he told ESPN. "I boxed at a leisure centre in Bury earlier in my career - there were 1,500 people there and that's one of the best nights of my career.

"I think we would get a sell out crowd there at Gigg Lane and turn it into Quigg Lane. But they have put down a new pitch and having a fight there would have damaged it. Maybe in the future."

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