Harry Pratt

Quigg’s focus is soley on Arthur

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.

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