WBA World super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg defends his title on Saturday July 18th in a clash against his most dangerous opponent yet; Kiko Martinez, at the Manchester Arena in England.
Kiko is ‘no mug’ as the old saying goes. The former IBF champion has been around the block at world level and faced some of the best super bantamweights and whilst he hasn’t always come out on top he has always given a strong account of himself in the big fights. Expect him to travel to Quigg’s home ground with all the right intentions.
The 29 year old Spaniard has only once been halted; by Quigg’s arch rival Carl Frampton. He bounced back from his first stoppage loss against Carl Frampton Back in February 2013 when in August of the same year he upset the odds by becoming the first man to beat Colombian fighter Jhonathan Romero. He shocked the American audience in Revel Resort in Atlantic City to win the IBF title by way of a 6th round knockout.
He backed it up with a couple of impressive stoppage victories in defence of his title against Jeffrey Mathebula and Hozumi Hasegawa in Japan but the chance to avenge his defeat beckoned and Kiko was lured to the Titanic Quarter in Belfast by Barry McGuigan for a rematch against Frampton. This time it was for the World title and not the European strap; the stakes were higher. However Frampton prevailed in his home city winning via a unanimous points decision.
Quigg’s arch rival Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton has two wins over Martinez already so naturally fight fans will be looking to compare Quigg’s performance to those of the Belfast boxer. Frampton will be in action on the same night making his US debut against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr in El Paso Texas.
Quigg is notoriously diligent in his pre-fight preparations and his natural inclination for caution could be very beneficial for him against a tough compact fighter like Martinez. He stands at 5ft 5” with a 66” reach whilst Quigg stands at 5ft 8” and will enjoy a considerable reach advantage so he will be looking to keep it long and utilise his textbook straight shots to maximum effect.
It’s hard to find aspects of Quigg’s boxing to be critical about. Technically he is a very proficient fighter and no opponent has managed to expose any glaringly obviously weaknesses as of yet. He hasn’t got a reputation for being the biggest of punchers but nonetheless has a 69% knockout ratio which illustrates there is no lack of power.
However despite his undefeated record in the squared circle, boxing fans are waiting for a really standout win and performance from Quigg over a top rated bantamweight. He has climbed his way up to the top but if he can beat Martinez in style he would really send out a statement to the rest of the division.
This is a very dangerous fight for Scott Quigg but ultimately one he needs to win and look good in doing so. If he is to go on to try and unify the division he will be up against better fighters than Kiko Martinez in the form of Frampton, Cuban Guillermo Rigondeuax and Leo Santa Cruz. He is the younger and perhaps fresher fighter and has the right attributes to get passed Martinez if he performs to his maximum.
With so many good champions in the division holding belts, fight fans are eager to see them all match up against each other to see who is the best.