Junior featherweight standout Scott Quigg is refusing to look beyond his British title defense against Welshman Jamie Arthur on Saturday, at the Reebok in Bolton, England, despite the promise of a world title eliminator later this year.
Hatton Promotions’ Director of Boxing, Richard Poxon is currently talking to global counterparts about the possibility of Quigg — already ranked three by both the IBF and WBA — fighting to become a mandatory challenge.
Right now, though, the undefeated 23-year-old prospect from Bury, Lancashire, is focused only on extending his perfect streak with victory over Arthur at the weekend. For while a red-hot favourite to retain his belt for the first time, Quigg (23-0, 12 knockouts) is taking nothing for granted and predicts a tough night.
“There is no danger of me taking my eyes away from Arthur,” said Quigg. “If I cannot beat him, it will be a struggle to reach the level I believe I can. But whoever has been in with Jamie knows they have been in a fight. There is no quitting in him. I’m very confident that I have got the tools to beat him but he has experience at championship level.
“I know how hungry I was to win the British title when the Jason Booth chance came – and I am sure Jamie will have stepped up another gear in training for this. I have been in that position and I believe it is harder keeping titles than winning them.”
Those are wise words, according to Arthur (18-5, 4 KOs) who claims to have been given the inside track on how to topple Quigg by his American boxing pals.
“Scott is technically a good fighter. I have seen all his fights on TV and spoken to a lot of people about his style and what he does in the ring and gym, “ said the 31-year-old former Commonwealth titleholder. “And I have friends at the Wild Card gym that saw him in America. They have told me plenty. I know a lot about his history. Everything has gone perfectly and I believe that I can cause an upset.”
Arthur has not fought since losing a controversial decision 12 months ago to fellow Brit Jason Booth – the man Quigg stopped in October to become champion.