|Scott Quigg (right) steps up his title challenge on the Hatton Promotions bill Friday|
The fight was to have been for the English title but due to a ‘cock up’ as Ricky Hatton put it, when they realised that Yorkshire based Reid was not eligible to contest the English title having fought for the Scottish title previously.
Quigg was disappointed to not have the chance to fight for the English title but a the British title eliminator tag added to this fight as cushioned the blow.
“I was a bit disappointed at first when I found out it wasn’t to be for the English title but a British title eliminator is just as good now for me, I’m still fighting Gavin Reid who is a good fighter and it’s going to be an hard fight.”
“Gavin was unlucky not to get the decision in The Prizefighter, he’s been in with a lot of good fighters and as always gives a good account of himself, so I’ve trained very hard for this and I’m ready.” said Quigg
Unbeaten Quigg is on a good run of form and his last 6 fights have ended in stoppages with 3 in the first round and 1 in the second proving that the quiet unassuming lad from Bury is developing a KO punch to go with his sublime skills and commitment to the game has he is stepped up in class, but isn’t taking Gavin Reid lightly, with Reid only being stopped once in his 13 fights.
“Ive been stopping my opponents of late, and I’m a better fighter than the opponents who Reid has been fighting, I’ve trained very hard for the fight and if it goes ten rounds it goes ten rounds, but if I do everything right and stick to the game plan I think I can get him out of there.” Quigg added.
“I know Gavin Reid well I’ve watched him since I turned pro because I always knew I was going to end up fighting him, he has improved but I knew he was the level of fighter I was going to have to beat, I want to be world champion so no disrespect to Gavin but he is the kind of fighter I need to be beating if I’m to progress.”
“This will be my 19th fight and if I’m not ready now to step up to British title level I never will be,” added Quigg.
Quigg is rated very highly in the trade and many fighters as well as fans are hailing him as one of British boxing’s best kept secrets.
|Scott Quigg Picture by Rachael Jackson|
Last year Quigg paid £5,500 of his own money to fly to American for 1 month at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles and Brian Hughes Quigg’s trainer said, “I’ve had brilliant reports back from the US about Scott. They’re saying he’s a future world champion.”
The time spent in America seems to have done Quigg the world of good on his boxing journey and together with the good sparring and close attention to detail the experience is one that he hopes to experience again in the future.
“In the Wild Card Gym the main difference you notice is the standard of sparring. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday fighters come from all over America and the world to carry out some sparring. You are sparring with top quality guys and yet it’s not like sparring, it’s like you are in a real boxing contest. You don’t need that all the time you’d end of up getting punchy, every spar is hard.
When I was there I got two hours with Jesse Reid every day, he wasn’t bothered about anyone else, and he was just focused on me so you are always learning. The trainers pick you up on everything and gradually you start to put everything right.”
Quigg is in the top 10 of the European rankings and a win on Friday will guarantee him a shot at the British title and possibly a European title fight before long. Quigg however, seems happy to follow what his trainer and mentor, Brian Hughes and team decide on.
Ricky Hatton who is delighted to have signed Scott to his promotional banner added, “Scott has really impressed me with his attitude and ability and I have no doubt he can go all the way.”
Watch Scott Quigg vs Gavin Ried on Sky Sports HD1 this Friday at 10pm.
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