Scott Quigg has called out WBC super-bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz for a huge showdown at 122lbs, according to sources.
The Bury man is one of five talented fighters in a burgeoning weight class, which also includes Irish foe Carl Frampton. Rumours of Quigg vs Frampton have persisted but look dead in the water, at least for the foreseeable future, after the Irishman signed for a September 6 clash with IBF ruler Kiko Martinez.
The WBA ‘regular’ champion has now been forced to turn his attentions to American star Santa Cruz.
Speaking to the RING magazine, Quigg said: “Frampton and Martinez are now scheduled to have a rematch which leaves Santa Cruz who, like me, has no fixed date so the match-up is ideal for both of us.
“I’m looking to be back out in September and Santa Cruz has mentioned me in the past. This is the one I’ve always wanted and I’m 100 percent convinced that I’ll beat him. I’ve watched Santa Cruz for many years, ever since he was a bantamweight, and I couldn’t be more confident of victory.”
Santa Cruz is unbeaten in 28 fights (27 wins, 1 draw) and has held the WBC crown since August 2013, knocking out Victor Terrazas inside three rounds.
He stepped up in weight after ruling the bantamweight division with relative ease, but Quigg believes this works to his advantage. He continued: “He’s never taken on a really big junior featherweight; a big fighter, capable of testing him to the limit. Victor Terrazas is the only real 122 pounder that he’s faced, but Terrazas is extremely short for the weight.
“Santa Cruz is the fight I want, and the sooner the better.”
Of the stellar five at 122lbs, Quigg arguably needs a big-name bout more than anyone. While Frampton has never fought for a world title, his resumé includes victory over current champ Martinez ahead of their rematch.
Cuban master Guillermo Rigondeaux is the champion of the WBA division but remains virtually untouchable, unbeaten in 13 fights, so Quigg will search for a Santa Cruz match-up to seek out a genuine world title shot.
In a round-about turn, Santa Cruz had expressed a desire to face Frampton before the latter stopped Hugo Cazares, but has talked considerably less since Frampton turned in such a devastating performance.
Now a match-up looks more likely between Quigg and Santa Cruz, despite Frampton being a mandatory challenger for the WBC title.
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