Scott Quigg set for 'nasty' world title defence against Martinez

By Ben DirsBBC Sport
Scott Quigg
Scott Quigg beat Japan's Hidenori Otake in his most recent fight last November
Saturday night boxing
Venue: Manchester Arena Date: Sat 18 July
Coverage: Quigg v Martinez, 21:00 BST, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. Crolla v Perez, 22:15 BST, BBC Radio 5 live.

Scott Quigg says he feels "nasty" before the sixth defence of his WBA super-bantamweight title against Kiko Martinez on Saturday.

Bury's Quigg, 26, faces Spain's former world champion Martinez, 29, at the Manchester Arena.

Martinez lost his IBF title to Quigg's rival Carl Frampton in Belfast last September.

"I hope he's underestimated my nasty side - I'm ready for whatever he brings and I want to hurt him," said Quigg.

"He's all out, brings a lot of ferocity and pressure. But I'll handle it no problem. There's no way he's leaving Manchester with that belt. He's leaving with another loss."

Martinez has five defeats from 37 professional fights, including two by Frampton and another two by Englishman Rendall Munroe.

However Martinez has arguably competed in more exalted company than Quigg, having also beaten former world champions Jhonatan Romero, Jeffrey Mathebula and Hozumi Hasegawa.

Kiko Martinez and Carl Frampton
Martinez fought bravely despite losing to Carl Frampton in Belfast last September

But Quigg believes Frampton's unanimous decision win in his second fight against Martinez provided a template for victory.

"Carl did a bit of boxing on the back foot and also pushed him back at times," said Quigg, who owns only a portion of the WBA belt, with Cuba's Guillermo Rigondeaux being the governing body's principal champion.

"I'm ready for whatever Kiko brings but he won't be ready for I what bring. I'm not taking him lightly but I couldn't be in a better place."

Quigg's trainer, Joe Gallagher, believes his charge can prove to a doubting public that he is a better fighter than Frampton.

"The plan is for Martinez to be the bull and for Scott to be the matador," said Gallagher. "But Scott has underrated power, so don't be surprised if he takes Kiko out very early.

"Kiko has said that he views Frampton as the best super-bantamweight in the world - but we're out to change his opinion."

Gallagher added that Quigg could fight former three-weight world champion Nonito Donaire later this year, if he sees off Martinez.

Also on Saturday, Frampton defends his IBF title against Mexico's Alejandro Gonzalez Jr in El Paso, Texas - although Quigg is less than impressed.

"Everyone wanted to see me fight Frampton but he's getting a bit of an ego," said Quigg.

"He was offered £1.5m to fight me but he's gone over to America instead. It's not to improve his profile over there, it's because there was nowhere else to go. They're giving away tickets in Texas."

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