Quigg to face new opponent Tshifhiwa Munyai on April 19

11/04/2014 19:33

Scott Quigg (27-0-2) will now defend his WBA Super-Bantamweight belt against South African Tshifhiwa Munyai (24-2-1) on April 19 at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester.

Visa issues have forced original opponent Venezuelan Nehomar Cermeno to pull out of the bout.

Munyai is ranked in the top ten with the WBA, and is no stranger to boxing in the UK, having fought here six times. Munyai won the Commonwealth Bantamweight crown in London in June 2006 against Martin Power, defended it four months later against Lee Haskins and then defeated Power again in a rematch for the title on January 2007.

His only UK loss came at the hands of Ghanaian southpaw Osumanu Akaba in 2008.

“It’s a great fight for Scott and in my opinion a much tougher test than Cermeno,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

“Munyai is no stranger to these shores and is impressive form coming into the fight. Scott is in fantastic shape and ready to make a big statement as we eye unification fights this summer.”

The highly anticipated Manchester derby between Anthony Crolla and John Murray for Crolla’s WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight title plays chief support.

Josh Warrington defends his Commonwealth Featherweight title against former World title challenger Rendall Munroe, Tyrone Nurse meets Tyler Goodjohn for the vacant English Light Welterweight title, super middleweight prospect Callum Smith returns to the ring following injury, Hosea Burton is hunting a first title fight and there’s action for Martin J. Ward, Stephen Foster Jr, Jack Massey, Liam Hanrahan and Sam Hyde.