Expect 'very best' from Quigg
April, 17, 2014
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
Scott Heavey/Getty ImagesScott Quigg expects to be at his physical and mental peak in Saturday's fight with Tshifhiwa Munyai.Whether junior featherweight titlist Scott Quigg was going to face interim titlist Nehomar Cermeno or late replacement Tshifhiwa Munyai, he said fight fans will see the very best from him.
"This is the best Scott Quigg there has ever been," Quigg said. "I have improved as a fighter skill-wise, I am physically more mature and mentally I am in a good place. Every box is ticked and this is the best Scott Quigg anybody will have ever seen."
Quigg was due to make his third title defense against Cermeno, but he dropped out last week because of a visa problem, according to promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, and was replaced by South Africa's Munyai, who will challenge Quigg on Saturday (AWE, 3 p.m. ET) at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England.
Quigg (27-0-2, 20 KOs), 25, of England, is coming an impressive second-round knockout of Diego Silva in a November defense, also at the Phones 4u Arena, on the Carl Froch-George Groves undercard.
"Being stood on that ramp before the fight against Silva and making my entrance in front of 20,000 people -- that is something I have always wanted," Quigg said. "When I looked around and the place was packed, there is no better feeling or adrenaline buzz that could ever match that, knowing that I had put in the work and trained so hard. To top it off with a cracking performance with a stoppage in the second round of a world title fight in Manchester was fantastic. That is what I have always worked for. That is why I have and still do sacrifice so much and dedicate myself to the sport."
Munyai (24-2-1, 12 KOs), 28, is 5-1 in England and has faced some of the better British fighters his division had to offer. Quigg, however, said the change of opponents won't be an issue.
"All the preparation was already done when the change of opponent happened," Quigg said. "It isn't ideal but you have to be able to adapt and deal with it. I am in the best place I can be and my best beats anybody else's best on the night. I remember watching Munyai when he came over and beat Martin Power and Lee Haskins in Commonwealth title fights. But I am not Martin Power or Lee Haskins. I am a different level to them ... I am 100 percent confident I will do a job, and do the job in style."