In one of the main fights of the evening on the ‘Road to Glory’ entitled show, young lion, Scott Quigg (24-0 with 17 KOs) takes on fellow Brit, former European champion, one-time world challenger and ex-refuse collector, Rendall Munroe (24-2 with 10 KOs) who himself is looking to recycle his way back into contention in a 12-rounder for the interim WBA strap.
(NB: There aren’t many divisions where the WBA doesn’t have a girth of ‘world champions’ paying sanctioning fees but in the 122lb is one. The supremely gifted Cuban, Guillermo Rigondeaux holds the full title.)
Quigg, the 23-year-old Lancastrian, has worked his way to the top of the domestic pile with impressive wins over Jamie Arthur, Jason Booth, and Franklin Verala over the past year.
Munroe, meanwhile, has been rebuilding after a valiant challenge of the then number one super bantamweight, Toshiaki Nishioka in late 2010, having dominated the European scene for two and a half years and 6 defences. Filipino Flash, Nonito Donaire has since moved up and is the #1 rated fighter in the division.
Credit must be given to Munroe for agreeing to the Quigg fight. Quigg is a rising star, very much on the up and it’s clearly a sign that Munroe is looking at the loss in Japan not as the apex of his career, but merely a learning experience for when he gets his next shot.
Quigg has recenty been out to the States sparring with the likes of Guillermo Rigondeaux, the full WBA champ, and is rightly feeling confident. He is one of the hottest young British fighters on the scene and is at the top of a fairly well loaded domestic class ahead of rivals Carl Frampton (14-0 with 9 KO’s) and Kid Galahad (12 – 0 with 5 early).
It’s going to be an intriguing clash. My prediction? I fancy Quigg to take it and continue his rise in the division but I suspect the ‘Boxing Binman’ will make him dig deeper than ever before and I can see this one going all way to a close points verdict in a thoroughly entertaining bout.
A definite ‘don’t miss’ fight.