Scott Quigg looks set to contest the WBO featherweight title against Oscar Valdez in 2018. We caught up with #TeamMorson ambassador Quigg to chat about the past, his move to America and what the future has in store.
Bury’s boxing superstar Scott Quigg is ready to rule the world once more after a successful but turbulent 2017. The Morson Ambassador decided to uproot and relocate to California to pursue his dreams – only he forgot to include his family and partner Bev in his plans!
Despite having just moved into their first house together, Scott decided he needed a change of scene and after speaking with legendary trainer Freddie Roach, the decision was made to head out to a new base at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles. He didn’t hang about.
“It didn’t go down too well!” Scott says with a grin. “It threw a big spanner in the works. I rarely speak to many people about my business. At the end of the day, I’m the one that makes the decisions. From being a youngster, all I’ve done is box. I’ve made the decisions and I analyse things myself. I like to keep things to myself. I said, ‘I’m off to America!’ My family and Bev just thought I was going out there to do a bit of training to freshen things up. I’ve been out there many a time. They had maybe five or six days warning, that was it. It was a bit of a shock, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made.”
The shift to the States ended a successful six-year partnership between Scott and trainer Joe Gallagher. The pair enjoyed huge nights together winning the British Super-Bantamweight and WBA Super-Bantamweight titles.
“Me and Joe spoke, and I just told him that I needed to freshen things up,” Scott said. “I explained my reasons why and everything was amicable. In ten years’ time, I can sit on the couch and I know I’ll have no regrets because I know I’ve been as good as I could’ve been.
“I didn’t need to move from my home surroundings because of discipline. Being over in America, it’s maybe an extra five percent where you can fully focus. You’re halfway across the world so if there’s anything going on back home, any problems, there’s no point worrying or thinking about it because there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Since linking up with Freddie Roach, Scott’s fought twice – the first being a points win over Viorel Simion on the undercard of the world heavyweight unification clash between Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua in London in April.
“To box on the Joshua bill at Wembley, to be involved in such a huge event, my first fight with Freddie and everything coming together, it was one of the most enjoyable fights I’ve had in a long time,” explained Scott.
“It wasn’t the best technical performance, but it was a bit of a scrap and I enjoyed it. I finished the year off with another solid win for a WBA featherweight title eliminator [versus
Oleg Yefimovych in Monaco], so I’ve put myself back in the mix and everyone’s talking about me again.”
Scott’s enjoyed Christmas and New Year back home in Bury and is now looking forward to a huge 2018 and a likely fight against WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez.
“I’m getting offers coming in at the minute to potentially fight Oscar Valdez and there’s Lee Selby, Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton,” Scott explained. “I’ve visualised a very big year. I want to become world champion, but I want to be in fights that people want to see.
“The next fight is going to be April-time and that’s what I’m building towards tentatively. I want to get three fights in this year. The last couple of years it’s been two fights. If it’s two big, massive fights, then fine but if not, I want to make sure I get three fights because I’m always in good shape. I’m ready to go whenever. It’s just about making sure I make the right move at the right time.”
Scott lost his WBA super-bantamweight world title in a mega fight with Carl Frampton back in 2016 – a defeat he is still desperate to avenge.
“I think the fight that’d override any fight, would be the rematch with Frampton,” he said. “That’s not because I can’t let it go, but he’s the only person to beat me and I one hundred percent believe that I can beat him. If it never happens, it’ll be through no fault of me not wanting it. It’s still a massive fight and I’d pick it over any other fight.
“I think if the fight was to happen again, it’d be a bit of a story – me with Freddie, him with a new trainer [Jamie Moore]. There were fireworks with Joe [Gallagher] and the McGuigan’s, not me and Carl! But even though I lost that fight, the atmosphere, the build-up, the weigh-in – six thousand at the weigh-in! That’s all still going to be something I’ll always remember. Again, I’d love that rematch,” Scott added.