Former world champion Scott Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KOs) is hoping to get his career back to the top in 2018. (photo by Mark Robinson)
And now he gets the opportunity to get there, when he challenges WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (23-0, 19 KO's) on March 10th in an ESPN televised fight from the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Quigg has been rebuilding his career since losing a close decision to Carl Frampton in their heavily hyped super bantamweight unification in February of 2016.
After that loss, Quigg parted ways with longtime trainer Joe Gallagher and made a big career move by traveling to the United States to train with Hall of Fame coach Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.
By the end of 2016, Quigg made his move to the featherweight division and he's picked up three wins in a row at the weight.
"Since joining Freddie, I have started to love my boxing once again. It was a good year with getting a couple of fights under my belt and wins at featherweight. To fight at Wembley Stadium on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko fight was an amazing experience. The year started well for me and ended even better with the good win in Monaco," Quigg told the Bury Times.
"On my day I know I am good enough to get a world title again. That is the aim for this year and hopefully it will be a dream realized against Valdez in March."
Quigg believes that he's improved greatly under Roach's guidance and feels he'll be even better by the time he steps in there with Valdez.
"I feel I am improving all the time under Freddie. There are some negative comments I hear and some criticism but I take it on board. I analyse myself more than anyone. Rather than watch the fights back and look at the good things I did, I look at the ways to improve," Quigg said.
"I want to be the very best and am a student of the game. I will work and work and Freddie is helping me to improve. I would rather be in America training for big fights than stay in the UK and maybe not win. I know my fan base is still back home but I think this move has benefited me."