Scott Quigg British Boxing’s rising star –  www.scottquigg.com
Manchester’s undefeated  WBA international super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg has been making steady progress through the boxing ranks and will be bidding for his 21st straight win when he takes on capable Frenchman Daniel Kodjo Sassou on Friday 26th November at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton.
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Quigg, 22, has knocked out 14 of his 20 opponents and will be looking for another win to continue his rise to the top of the  world boxing rankings against Sassou who will represent his toughest challenge to date.
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The Bury boxers fight will be on the undercard of Matthew Hatton’s European welterweight title defence against Switzerland’s undefeated Roberto Belge.
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Scott Quigg British Boxing’s rising star

Sassou, 30, has won his last eight contests and been beaten just three times in the last eight years and will be a step up in class for Quigg.

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After a successful amateur stint, Quigg turned professional, making his debut in April 2007 with a victory over Gary Shiel. He then went on to fight six times in 2008, winning on each occasion, a run that included a 1st round KO victory over Ghana’s tough journeyman Sumaila Badu.
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Two of Quigg’s last three fights have taken place in his home town of Bury, where boxing had been banned for 13 years prior to then, until the council decided to lift the ban to give local boy Quigg the chance to show his home town folk just what they had produced in the form of a fantastic prizefighter, who has been impressing the boxing fraternity with his skills.
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A sell out 1400 Quigg supporters packed into The Castle Leisure Centre on each occasion which brought him stoppage wins over Andrey Kostin  in May and then Santiago Allione, his last fight in September. (fight videos below)
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Quigg is now mandatory challenger for the British super-bantamweight title held by Jason Booth after winning a British title eliminator against tough Scotsman Gavin Reid July. The fight at the Bolton Arena resulted in a 9th round stoppage win for Quigg against a man who had previously gone the distance in a challenge for the Scottish national title.
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Scott Quigg’s Last 3 Fights

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3. Scott Quigg v Andrei Kostin Scott brought professional boxing back to his hometown of Bury after a 13 year exile for boxing in the town, Scott faced experienced Russian Andrei Kostin. 29th May 2010

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2. Scott Quigg vs Gavin Reid Rounds 7-9 Scott Quigg took on tough Scotsman Gavin Reid in this British super bantamweight title eliminator on 16th July 2010

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Scott Quigg v Santiago Allione – Scott wins the WBA International Super Bantamweight title against his Argentinian opponent. 25th September 2010

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Scott is trained by former British and European light-welterweight champion Pat Barrett and Manchester boxing guru and commandeering chief Brian Hughes MBE, at his Collyhurst and Moston lads club in North Manchester.

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Hughes’ gym, where Scott trains is above a Co-op in Moston, in one of the most deprived and challenged areas of Manchester. It has been an haven and open door for the lad’s from the surrounding estates, many who have found a new way of life, discipline and direction through the gym.
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Brian Hughes MBE (left) – Scott’s coach at the Collyhurst and Moston Lads Club, Manchester

Hughes dedication to boxing, the area and the boxers who have walked into the gym, as spanned over 45 years taking sometimes troubled kids from the estate and instilling manners, discipline, whilst nurturing their boxing education.  

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The gym has produced a conveyor belt of boxing champions over the years including coach Barrett, WBC super-middleweight champion Robin Reed, the likes of Michael Gomez, Anthony Farnell and Michael Jennings also cut there teeth under Hughes’ tutor-ledge and the legendary Mancunian trainer believes Scott Quigg is has talented and dedicated as any other young boxer he has worked with.

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A few hours in the life of Brian Hughes Boxing gym …
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“Scott is the most dedicated youngster it has ever been my privilege to coach. He is a throwback to those wonderful craftsmen of the ring, always improving himself and wanting to learn.” said Hughes.
Gym mate and former British welterweight champion and world title challenger, Michael Jennings feels Quigg will be the next big thing in British boxing.
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“I’m a big fan of Scott Quigg, he is the real deal that kid, I know Brian doesn’t like any of us shouting any ones name off and all that sort of thing, but hey he is going to be the boy in Britain, defiantly and everyone will know him, watch out for him!” said Jennings.
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British boxers caught up with Scott this week to get his thoughts on his next fight, his career to date and for our ‘In the Ring with Interview’ and we asked Scott how he feels to be rated one of the hottest British boxing prospects on the circuit.

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‘In the Ring with Scott Quigg’ – Q&A

Scott, you are fighting Daniel Kodjo Sassou next, in his last fight he won the IBF International super bantamweight title. He seems pretty durable and a fighter who goes the distance, have you watched any videos of him? 

I don’t know much about him besides his record I’m waiting on a DVD to get some footage on him to see what kind of style he is. He’s on a good run of form an in his last fight beat a very good fighter.
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Fans would say this is your toughest test so far against Sassou?
I agree, I’m preparing for a real tough fight an I expect this to be my toughest test so far in my career. But I’m ready to take the step up.
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Will you prepare for this fight differently to others, do you work on a game plan for each fight or just do your own thing and let the opponent worry about you?
I prepare for every fight the same i make sure I’m 100% ready for anything the opponent could bring if he’s a puncher or a boxer it wont matter because I prepare for everything, but when we get some footage ill sit down with Brian an pat an work out the best way to execute the plan.
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All of your pro fights have taken place in the Northwest to date, are you ready to take the Scott Quigg show on the road when the time comes to chase the bigger titles?
Yes Ill fight anywhere it doesn’t matter to me were I fight i just love to fight don’t get me wrong its good to fight in front off your home fans but id gladly fight anywhere and hopefully try and build my fan base even more.
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The boxing world is starting to take notice of Scott Quigg and say good things about you, is it rewarding to know what you have achieved up to now is starting to be recognised and apprieciated? Does the extra attention spur you on, or can it be a distraction?
Its nice to hear people say good things about you and it shows the hard work I’ve put in is paying off, It spurs me on even more. The attention doesn’t distract me or make me think I’m better than I am, it makes me more focused to keep training hard an to prove that the people saying good things about me are right, and that i can be as good as people say I’m going to be.
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Any predictions for the fight?
All I know is that I will come out the winner Ill do what ever it takes to get the win.
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When and how did you get into boxing?
I started boxing at 15. I was a Thai boxer before I started boxing so after doing Thai boxing for 9 years i wanted to try out boxing an see how i did an that’s how i got into it.
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Who was your first trainer?
My first ever trainer was Darren Phillips he trained me from my Thai boxing days and I went to Micky Jellys amateur club but I was still being trained by Darren as well who is a very good trainer.
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How would you describe your fight style?
Id describe my self as a smart pressure fighter who can box or punch.
Yuri Voronin

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Who influenced you as a young boxer?
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Toughest / Best opponent you have faced?
Yuri Voronin (right) on paper cause at the time it was a big step up but it turned out to be one of my best performance’s.
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Toughest Part of being a boxer?
Everything about boxing because if you train hard make the sacrifices diet proper an put 150% into boxing its going to be tough but that’s what makes you the fighter you are.
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Who do you wish you had fought or want to fight?
Right now id like to fight Jason Booth because he’s the British champion an I think I’m ready to take the step up.
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Best fight you have seen?
Ive got a few but the one that sticks out is Wilfredo Gomez vs Lupe Pintor (below)

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A favorite fight, Wilfredo Gomez vs Lupe Pintor fight

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Dream Fight? Who v Who?
Pacquio vs Mayweather or Wilfredo Gomez vs Juan Manuel Lopez.
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Favorite all time boxer – World and British?
Ricardo Lopez / Chris Eubank
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Nathan Cleverly

Favourite British fighter at the moment?

Nathen Cleveley (right) he’s a skillful boxer but also likes to mix it up an provides entertaining fights an I can see him going on to win a world title.
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What do you do when you are not Boxing?
I just relax with my girlfriend and family
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What would you do if you wasn’t a boxer?
I haven’t got a clue what id do an that’s why I train so hard, that hopefully ill never have to find out
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Which British Boxers should we look out for?
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Your Motivation?
To be the best on one day be a world champion
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What music do you listen too?
I listen to anything I have all sorts on my ipod
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Last book you read?
Boxing News that’s all I read
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Favorite films?
Happy Gilmore / Taken (trailer below) / Law Abiding Citizens

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Favorite Meal?
Chinese
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Best Holiday destination?
Dubai
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What other sports do you watch?
Football
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Best friends in Boxing?
Mike Jennings / Thomas McDonagh / Matthew Hall
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Best friend in boxing, Michael Jenning’s – sparring at Brian Hughes Moston Gym.
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Quick Fire Questions:

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Red or Blue? Red
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Marvin Hagler or Sugar Ray Leonard? Sugar Ray Leonard
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Benn or Eubank? Eubank
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David Haye or Lennox Lewis? Lennox
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Paquiao or Mayweather? Mayweather

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Jab or Hook? Hook
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Head or Body? Body
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WBC or WBA? WBC
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European or British Title? British
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Country? England
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City? Manchester
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Drink?
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Animal? Dog
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One thing you cant live without?
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Favourite Quote?
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What does the future hold for you? 
Hopefully some big fights an winning some major titles

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Thanks for the Interview Scott and good luck and all the very best in your career.
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By Chris Maylett

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