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Quigg to Defend WBA Title against Martinez

Scott Quigg’s fifth defence of his WBA title will be against tough former IBF world title holder Kiko Martinez, his first three defensive came in impressive early finishes before a tough battle with Hidenori Otake earned him a hard fought unanimous decision in November last year. Martinez is certain to be the biggest test to his reign as world champion. Kiko is also no stranger to fighting in the UK having faced Carl Framton twice, Rendall Munroe and a stunning TKO win against Bernard Dunne in Dublin.

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After five fights in 13 months, Quigg was side-lined through hand surgery following the Otake fight, and the 26 year old says that time out of the ring has made him hungrier than ever “I was very busy and the break has done me good – I am refreshed,” said Quigg. “We know what Kiko brings, he’s been in everyone’s backyard and this is the toughest fight of my career – but there’s one thing I know, I will beat him on July 18. He’s strong, he comes forward and he’s a big puncher. It will be the best performance of my career and it will need to be, I predict a devastating victory.” No matter how tough a test it is Quigg is determined not to give away his title adding “This is a dangerous fight and those are the ones I want. It’s the type of fight that you get out of bed for your morning runs for – the fear of losing that World title makes me work even harder.”

For UK fans the fight will be screened live on Sky Sports. Heavyweight sensation Anthony Joshua MBE will feature on the bill and Chris Jenkins will face Tyrone Nurse for British Light Welterweight title.


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