Scott Quigg out to make big impact with Kiko Martinez victory... after Carl Frampton beat him twice
Scott Quigg has predicted the toughest fight of his career when he defends his WBA super-bantamweight title against former world champion Kiko Martinez this summer.
The Bury star will make his most high-profile world title defence when he faces the experienced Spaniard - who lost the title to Belfast's Carl Frampton last September - at the Manchester Arena on July 18.
The Quigg camp had made a £1.5million bid to bring Frampton to Manchester on that date, with a showdown still possible.
"This is the toughest fight of my career," Quigg said. "Everyone knows about Kiko Martinez. He's been to everyone's backyard and fought them. He punches hard, he's aggressive and he's strong. It's a chance for me to look great.
"He's been to Ireland to fight Carl Frampton twice and lost and it's a chance for me to go one better.
"My mum and dad sacrificed so much, supporting me through everything. They supported me financially to help me go to America for quality sparring.
"And this is why I made those decisions myself, because I dreamt of topping the bill in front of up to 20,000 people."