22nd July 2011
In a back street gym, in the tough North Manchester district of Moston above the co-op, trains the unbeaten WBA International super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg.
The gym is the famous Collyhurst and Moston Lads Club, established over 50 years back, by Brian Hughes MBE. The Manchester Boxing trainer had not only been a coach to the boxers who entered his gym and life. Quigg learnt his trade under the guidance of the legendary Northwest trainer as did many others before him.
Hughes has been a father figure, a friend, confidant, youth correction officer and a guiding light for many talented pugilists and wayward strays who have climbed the stairs to his boxing domain on Lightbowne road.
Coach Brian Hughes retires from boxing leaving a lasting legacy behind
Hughes the driving force and founder of the gym, recently retired from boxing and Scott Quigg was the last champion the legendary trainer worked with. Quigg dedicates his success in the ring to Hughes, who was awarded an MBE for his services in his inner city community.
|Scott Quigg – (21-0, 14KOs)
Since Brian’s retirement, one of his other long time prodigies, former British and European light-welterweight champion Pat Barrett has taken over training duties at Collyhurst and Moston Lads Club and now trains Scott.
Barrett is hoping to take the Bury man onto bigger and better things and hopefully the world title shot that Brian believed he could win.
Quigg on a couple of occasions as travelled to America to train in Freddy Roaches Wild Card gym and The Goosen camp, gaining as much experience he could, from sparring with good fighters in gyms where you have to win your respect in hard sessions.
On Saturday Night at the Castle Leisure Centre, in his home town of Bury, Greater Manchester, Quigg hopes to takes another step towards the prophecy believed and preached by the wise head of Hughes, who he tipped to become a world champion and helped to mould him into a model citizen, with an hunger for the sport he chooses now has is profession.
The 22-year-old Lancashire prospect this week spoke with BritishBoxers about his career to date, the influence that Brian Hughes has had on in boxing journey and his hopes of conquering the worlds best super bantamweights.
I feel like Im gaining experience all the time, even when Im watching tapes. Im always seeing new things and watching how top fighters go about their business, you never stop learning!” – Scott Quigg
The WBA governing body have made his fight on Saturday an eliminator for Rico Ramos’ WBA world crown.
In the organisation’s latest published rankings Scott is also ranked 7th, with Varela just behind him at number 11 and the Manchester boxer who is a student of the game and is totally focused and determined to make it to the top, finds himself in a good position to make a title charge if he gets passed the tough Valera.
Quigg who is also due to meet British champion Jason Booth in October has won all 21 pro fights, 14 by KO and is one of the most improved British fighters on the scene and is ready to enter the higher rungs of boxing success.
|Scott Quigg with trainer Pat Barrett
Hatton Promotions have decided to broadcast the entire card live following the success of their last Internet show when Lee Purdy defended his British welterweight title against Craig Watson.
On the Undercard
Italy’s former WBA world and European light-middleweight title challenger Luca Messi boxes Tony Randell.
Mandatory European light-middleweight title challenger Sergey Rabchenko faces Kevin McAuley over eight rounds.
In four rounders Hatton Promotions new signing Kieron Farrel faces Sid Razak, Tony Shaw is up against Jason Carr.
Scott Quigg’s gym mate Rhys Roberts is back in the ring after losing his last fight, when he suffered a broken hand, having to withdraw. Roberts tackles Marc Callaghan on his return.
Rhys Roberts was once compared to a young Floyd Mayweather Jnr, by non other than the best pound for pound fighter in worlds dad, Floyd Snr. Who happened to see Roberts fight and train, while over in Manchester training Ricky Hatton. He was impresses enough to compare him with his son and admired Roberts slick skills.
To access the broadcast just visit www.youtube.com/hattonboxing then click on the live button under the Hatton logo. The broadcast begins at 7.30pm (BST) with Quigg due in the ring at 9.45pm (BST).
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