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Kiko Martinez is 'not ready for the new Scott Quigg'

By David Kelly

Published 17/07/2015

Let’s rumble: Scott Quigg faces Kiko Martinez in Manchester
Let’s rumble: Scott Quigg faces Kiko Martinez in Manchester

Scott Quigg says Kiko Martinez is the most dangerous opponent he will have met as WBA World when they clash for the title tomorrow at the Manchester Arenas - but says the challenger is not ready for the new and improved champion.

Quigg swatted aside his first three challengers inside three rounds before Hidenori Otake took him the distance in Liverpool in November.

The Bury star picked up a hand injury during that fight that forced him onto the sidelines.

The 26-year-old believes that time out has been beneficial ahead of his toughest night, as he enters the fight with the hard-hitting former IBF ruler in the best physical and mental place in his eight-year career.

"We know what Kiko brings," said Quigg, ahead of the fight being screened live on Sky Sports.

"He's not worried about travelling around the world because he's boxed from America to Japan and all over Europe.

"He's game, he's ready but he's not going to be ready enough. I know what I have to do and the way that I have prepared in the gym.

"I've been working on my technique in the gym with Joe, the little things that will make a big difference.

"We've made adjustments to my skills and my ringcraft and I really feel I have improved 25 per cent since my last fight, and that's a lot. Kiko says he's prepared for the best Scott Quigg -no-one has seen the best of me, but they will on Saturday.

"I am expecting a tough fight, it's the hardest fight of my career and I expect to have to dig deep every round."

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