QUIGG FACES HIDENORI OTAKE IN LIVERPOOL
Bury star defends World title against Japanese champion on Cleverly-Bellew rematch card
Scott Quigg will defend his WBA World Super Bantamweight title against Japan’s Hidenori Otake at the sold-out Echo Arena in Liverpool on November 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Quigg defends his title for the fifth time against Otake, ranked at number three with the IBF and coming to England off the back of four successful defences of the Japanese title he claimed in August 2012.
The Bury star saw off the spirited challenge of Belgium’s Stephane Jamoye with a trademark body shot in the third round of their clash in Manchester in September, and the 26 year old is looking for another explosive performance to close a great year in the ring.
“I can’t wait to defend my World title in Liverpool on November 22 on a huge night for British boxing,” said Quigg. “Otake represents the toughest fight of my career and I’m working hard to put in a scintillating performance. He is highly ranked and highly respected with an exciting style – I’m on a big run of KO’s and I don’t intend on stopping.”
Quigg’s clash with Otake is part of a sensational line-up of Britain’s biggest stars in Liverpool, topped by the rematch between bitter rivals Cleverly and Bellew, with promoter Eddie Hearn set to announce a huge addition to the bill on Thursday.
James DeGale faces Marco Antonio Periban over 12 rounds as he hunts down a World title shot in the Super Middleweight division, which is where unbeaten Liverpool sensation Callum Smith meets Nikola Sjekloca in a WBC World title eliminator, with his brother Stephen Smith in action in the Super Featherweight division.