Scott Quigg heads to Belfast to check out the Jackal with high hopes of big re-match
Scott Quigg will be at ringside tomorrow night in Belfast's SSE Arena to run his eye over Carl Frampton, hoping he can secure a re-match with the Jackal in 2018.
Quigg is about to move into the mandatory position for a shot at WBA World featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz and consequently the Bury man believes he can seal a shot at the Mexican before his Belfast rival.
Frampton returns to the ring tomorrow against Mexican Horacio Garcia 10 months after his defeat at the hands of Santa Cruz. Quigg, speaking exclusively to the Belfast Telegraph, is eager for a shot at revenge over the only man to have beaten him, in their World super-bantamweight clash last year.
"I'd pick a fight with Carl over any other fight offered to me. If I was given the choice of Leo Santa Cruz or Frampton I would choose Frampton because he's the only man to have beaten me and I 100% believe that I could beat him," said Quigg, who since that loss has moved his training base to Los Angeles under coach Freddie Roach and bagged three victories at featherweight.
"I'm expecting to be the number one contender in the WBA so that means I will be in line to face the winner of Santa Cruz and Abner Mares who I'm told are going to fight in March. Carl seems to be lined up to face the winner of IBF champion Lee Selby and Josh Warrington so I could end up facing Santa Cruz before he does.
"I hope the two of us can win world titles again and then come together for another huge fight the way it was the first time.
"In that fight we got the tactics wrong. In the early rounds the idea was to make him miss but he looked busier and got the rounds but then when I attacked from the seventh round I thought it was my fight. It was too little, too late."
Quigg admits that his first loss as a professional was difficult to come to terms with, more so than the pain of a broken jaw suffered in the early stages of their duel at the Manchester Arena.
"I remember the punch that broke my jaw. It was in the fourth round and Frampton caught me with a glancing right hand and my jaw was open and it fractured. It was a weird feeling, like all my teeth had shattered even though they hadn't.
"Then he caught me with a great uppercut and that completely cracked it and from then on that whole side was numb, it was a weird feeling.
"I found it hard to come to terms with the defeat, even got a bit depressed, but then you have a choice - you either keep whinging about it or you accept it and move on.
"I've changed trainers and gone to America to be with Freddie Roach and I'm making big improvements. I was with Joe Gallagher for six-and-a-half years and felt that I needed a change to freshen things up. It's not that he's going to change my style but just add things and the sparring in LA is second to none.
"I've been sparring with the WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez and, honestly, people would pay to watch those spars. If I was offered that fight I'd jump at it and the fans would be in for a treat."
Quigg will return to Belfast tomorrow night for the first time since the hot reception he received when attending a press conference leading up to his clash with Frampton.
"I loved that press conference even though I got a lot of stick. That's all part and parcel of a big event. The Belfast fans are so passionate about boxing and I'm passionate about boxing so I love being around people like that - even if there are a few hostile comments.
"I'm looking forward to the show and I would be happy to fight Carl in Belfast if the re-match can be made."