Super bantamweight Scott Quigg is hopeful of going straight back into a world title fight when he makes his likely return from injury in October.
Quigg (31-1-2, 23 KO) has been out of action since March when he sustained a broken jaw in a decision loss to Carl Frampton in their pay-per-view unification fight.
Following victory, Frampton soon decided to vacate both the IBF and WBA super bantamweight belts and move up to the featherweight division where he will now face the unbeaten Mexican Leo Santa Cruz. Frampton’s decision leaves the 122lb scene wide open and Quigg wants to go straight back into title action on his return with a number of options on offer.
While Shingo Wake and Jonathan Guzman are expected to face off for the IBF belt, Nonito Donaire and Hugo Ruiz hold the WBO and WBC titles respectively. The WBA situation is all the more confusing as while Guillermo Rigondeaux remains the WBA’s super champion in ‘recess’, bouts are also currently scheduled for both the regular and interim versions.
Quigg told World Boxing News: “After the Frampton fight and with the injury I just switched off and took some time out. I’ve had around two month’s rest and now I’m back in the gym and ready to go. The jaw still needs to properly heal and strengthen and then I can make my return. The date I am setting for myself is October.
“I’m still happy at super-bantam and am big for the weight so could also move up quite easily – I just want the biggest fights at any weight. My number one goal is to get the rematch with Frampton, so whatever I have to do for people to want that fight again I will. If I become world champion again, get some good wins under my belt and get people talking – then hopefully it may happen.
“Now though, it is important to come back in at the top and I want to be in a big fight. I would definitely like to fight the winner of Guzman versus Wake for the IBF and I have also mentioned to Eddie about fighting Hugo Ruiz and that is a fight I would love. He is a big puncher, but has been put out a couple of times and our styles would gel. Then you have Rigondeaux and Donaire and I’ll happily fight whoever to get me back to where I belong,” he continued.
“I should be in the mix with these guys and my profile is probably the biggest in the division after Donaire – for what he has achieved – and Rigondeaux. There are a lot of good fighters coming through and in the top ten, but they all still need that breakout fight.”
Rigondeaux is widely considered as the number one super bantamweight in the world and Quigg himself has been vocal in suggesting that Frampton moved up in weight to avoid him – something he says he would not have done.
He added: “If I won the fight against Frampton I would definitely have fought Rigondeaux next, there are no two ways about it. He is the one to beat and the best in division. I hope the WBA would give me another chance to fight for their belt after being the champion and the fight with Rigondeaux should be easy to make and one I would take with both hands.”
Matt Horan is lead writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123