SCOTT QUIGG admits he was “gutted” when domestic rival Rendall Munroe dropped down to bantamweight.
British super-bantamweight champion Quigg makes the first defence of his title against Cwmbran’s Jamie Arthur (18-5) in Premier Suite at Bolton's Reebok Stadium on Saturday February 4.
Quigg (23-0) hoped that Munroe would be in the opposite corner, but his Hatton Promotions stable mate has switched weight divisions ending hopes of a fascinating battle.
Bury’s Quigg, said: “I was a bit gutted when Rendall decided to move down from super-bantamweight.
“It was a big fight and although I hold the British title, beating him would have proved that I am the number one domestically.
“Rendall had held the European title, challenged for the WBC belt, fought the very best and I felt I couldn’t call myself Britain’s number one until I beat him.
“Of course, now he has moved down I can rightfully claim to be number one in this country having taken the British title from Jason Booth.”
Arthur, 31, who hasn’t boxed since losing a split decision against Booth in February, is a former Commonwealth champion.
Quigg, 23, who took the crown from Booth in October added: “The only domestic super-bantamweights I feel can show me something in the ring is Carl Frampton and Jamie.
“He has a good pedigree and beaten boys like Robbie Turley and Kris Hughes who were the other guys we were looking at defending against.
“Jamie has boxed at featherweight and I will not have an advantage in size like I did against Jason.”
On the undercard of the Sky Sports televised card. Manchester’s Beijing Olympian Joe Murray meets fellow unbeaten hopeful Chris Male for the vacant English featherweight title.
Hatton Promotions hopefuls Jez Wilson and Tom Doran clash in a battle of light-middleweight hopefuls. The card will also include Craig Lyon.
Boxing starts at 6.15pm and tickets priced at £35, £55 and £75 VIP ringside. You can buy by calling 01925 755 222, Ticketmaster 0844 847 2500, Ticketline 0844 888 9991 or online www.hattonboxing.com