Quigg gunning for nasty WBA title defence over Spaniard Martinez
Undefeated WBA regular super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg is aiming to prove that he is the best in his division with a ‘nasty’ victory over former Spanish world champion Kiko Martinez at the Manchester Arena.
Fighting on home soil, the Bury-born WBA champion is out to prove that he is the best super-bantamweight in the world, with the 26-year-old looking for a comprehensive triumph (11/5 with Coral to win by KO or TKO).
“I hope he’s underestimated my nasty side, I’m ready for whatever he brings and I want to hurt him,” stated Quigg.
“He’s all out, brings a lot of ferocity and pressure. But I’ll handle it no problem. There’s no way he’s leaving Manchester with that belt. He’s leaving with another loss.”
Quigg’s Spanish opposition Martinez has tasted defeat on five occasions during his 37 professional fight career, having been overcome twice by Carl Frampton and another two by English fighter Rendall Munroe.
“Carl did a bit of boxing on the back foot and also pushed him back at times,” continued Quigg, who owns only a portion of the WBA belt, with Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux being the governing body’s primary champion.
“I’m ready for whatever Kiko brings but he won’t be ready for I what bring. I’m not taking him lightly but I couldn’t be in a better place.”
Although, Martinez has come face-to-face without arguably more elevated foes, having previously beaten former world champions Jhonatan Romero, Jeffrey Mathebula and Hozumi Hasegawa, making him 15/2 to win by a points decision.
Northern Irishman Frampton outgunned Martinez last year, securing a unanimous decision triumph, and has been long tipped to meet Quigg for a high-profile showdown.
“That rivalry is good for both us, people picking him over me slightly, but the main thing is I have a chance and I want those fights to prove I am the best,” declared Quigg.
“When the fights are made – for instance this fight on Saturday night, I’ve got a chance to go out there and prove and show people why I am the best super-bantamweight in the world.
“And it’s my job to go out there and change people’s minds who think Frampton can beat me, to change them into Quigg fans.”
In what will be Quigg’s first ring outing in eight months since injuring his hand, the unbeaten super bantamweight knows comparisons will be made with him and his potential opponent Frampton.
The Belfast bruiser managed to stop Martinez in February 2013, before taking his IBF world title last September, and Quigg claims he is more than capable of dispatching the Spaniard easily (9/1 to win in rounds 4-6).
“I couldn’t be any better place in my career now, both physically and mentally, but most importantly my boxing skill has improved so much,” Quigg added.
“We have been working hard and you are going to see the best Scott Quigg that’s been seen on Saturday night.”
With Frampton also in action, taking on his maiden bout on American soil, a 31st career victory for Quigg could lead to a mouth-watering match-up, but the Bury fighter must first get past Martinez on home turf.