WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg will now face South African Tshifhiwa Munyai in Manchester next Saturday.
The Bury man had been slated to face Venezuela’s Nehomar Cermeno in his second title defence, before news filtered through that Cermeno had visa troubles. With those issues unable to be resolved, Munyai steps in at short notice at the Manchester Arena.
The South African is rated in the WBA top 10 and is no stranger to these shores, having twice defeated Martin Power in Commonwealth title clashes, while also defeating Lee Haskins for the same belt. His current fight record reads 24-2-1 and he is unbeaten in four fights since dropping a points decision to Christian Esquivel in 2010.
“It’s a great fight for Scott and in my opinion a much tougher test than Cermeno,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.
“Munyai is no stranger to these shores and is impressive form coming into the fight. Scott is in fantastic shape and ready to make a big statement as we eye unification fights this summer.”
Quigg tops a bill named ‘Rise Up’ in his home city and a mouth-watering local derby from two fellow Mancunian fighters provides chief support.
Anthony Crolla and John Murray go toe-to-toe in a lightweight clash, with the winner rumoured to face Ricky Burns in a final eliminator for a world crown in June. Though respectful of each other, the rivalry is fierce and is stoked by the fact Crolla supports Manchester United, while Murray is a Manchester City fan.
Other fighters on the bill are Callum Smith, Martin J. Ward and Josh Warrington defending his Commonwealth strap against the experienced Rendall Munroe.
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