Quigg signs for Matchroom
Super bantamweight contender Scott Quigg (25-0-1) has become the latest signing for promoter Eddie Hearn and will appear on the June 29 bill in his home town of Bolton.
The unbeaten 24-year-old has not fought since last November when producing a career best performance, ending in a sixth round stoppage win over former world title challenger Rendall Munroe, and decided to split from previous promoter Ricky Hatton to link up with Hearn's Matchroom stable.
"I'm delighted to have signed a deal with Matchroom Sport and it's great to have a fight so soon," said Quigg. "I've been in training for a long time and have a new start with a new promoter. I've had one fight in a year so it's about getting the momentum going and looking to make waves in the division again. No-one sees how hard I train, no-one sees the effort and dedication that I put in to get to the top. I came into boxing wanting to be a world champion. I don't want to settle at British and European - I've come in to be the best. You might need a bit of luck here and there but I think I have the ability and I know I have the desire and dedication to make it happen."
Promoter Eddie Hearn said "He is on the cusp of challenging for a world title and with the backing of Matchroom Sport and Sky Sports we believe he'll get there and stay there for a long time."
A mouthwatering match-up with European champion Carl Frampton (16-0) has been talked about for some time. But with Frampton leaving the Matchroom stable two weeks ago to be jointly promoted by his manager Barry McGuigan and promoter Frank Warren, it seems unlikely this will happen anytime soon as both fighters pursue world honours.
The June 29 bill at Bolton Arena is topped by the lightweight clash between Gavin Rees (37-2-1) and Anthony Crolla (25-4-1).