WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg will face former IBF title holder Kiko Martinez at the Manchester Arena in the summer.
Quigg, 26, makes the fifth defence of his black and gold belt against the man that was beaten twice by big UK rival Carl Frampton and will be aiming to make a statement to his nemesis on his home turf come July 18. Talk of Martinez being next up for Quigg had been doing the rounds for some time and Eddie Hearn finally confirmed the news at a press conference held at The Lowry on Tuesday.
Talk of Martinez being next up for Quigg had been doing the rounds for some time and Eddie Hearn finally confirmed the news at a press conference held at The Lowry on Tuesday.
Hearn had initially wanted to make Quigg v Frampton on the date in question, although an offer of £1.5m to the Belfast man was turned down by his promoter and manager Barry McGuigan who was pushing for a 50/50 co-promotion.
That left the door open for Spaniard Martinez to step in as the ex-world champion tries to reclaim the status he held briefly with the International Boxing Federation from August 2013 until Frampton dethroned him a year later on points.
The 29 year-old has lost five times in 37 bouts during an up and down career and will be seen as a considerable underdog against Quigg who is currently the mandatory challenger to WBA ‘super’ and WBO title holder Guillermo Rigondeaux.