Junior featherweight contenders Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe will meet in an all-English summer showdown – for the WBA interim title – in Manchester or the Midlands, on June 2 or 16.
The news is a major snub to Northern Ireland’s fast-rising prospect Carl Frampton (13-0, 9 knockouts). The brash-talking Commonwealth holder, 24, has been calling out 23-year-old British champion Quigg (24-0, 17 KOs) for a number of weeks.
However, Quigg, from Bury, Lancashire, and Munroe, 31, the ex-Commonwealth and European holder from Leicester, are both promoted by Hatton Promotions – and its CEO, Ricky Hatton, while promising the winner a world title shot, suggests the loser might fancy facing Frampton later this year.
“The fight has been brewing since Rendall signed with us and we have got there,” said the Hitman. “It is about giving fans what they want – and this is a matchup of the highest quality between two of the world’s best at 122 pounds.
“The winner will go on to mix with the world’s elite fighters. But it won’t be the end for the loser. It’s possible he can fight Commonwealth champion Carl Frampton, who is learning his trade and is a big prospect for the future.”
Former two-weight titleholder Hatton is predicting another sell-out show once details are confirmed next month and insists the bout will surpass anything he has promoted to date.
“It is certainly the biggest fight Hatton Promotions have staged in the UK and I am sure the public will support it, ” he added.
Quigg won the British belt last year by beating Jason Booth – and last month, having been dropped for the time in his career, stopped Jamie Arthur in a successful defense.
Munroe has 24 wins and two losses, including a hefty points defeat to Toshiaki Nishioka, THE RING’s No.1-rated junior featherweight, in October 2010. He has won three on the bounce since.