By Elliot Foster
Scott Quigg could be set for another world title shot –– and it could come sooner rather than later.
The former WBA super-bantamweight king moved up to the featherweight division in the wake of his defeat at the hands of Carl Frampton in February 2016.
Quigg, 28, claimed the WBA International belt in his maiden clash as a 126-pound fighter back in December when he stopped Jose Cayetano inside nine rounds at Manchester Arena, exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office.
And after switching trainer from Joe Gallagher and relocating Stateside to the Wildcard Gym and Freddie Roach, Quigg is ready to make a big assault on the world scene at featherweight, starting with his title defence against Viorel Simion on April 29.
The fight, which takes place at Wembley Stadium, exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office, as part of the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title showdown against Wladimir Klitschko, has now been ordered as an official eliminator for the IBF title which is currently held by Lee Selby.
That means that after Selby faces mandatory challenger Jonathan Victor Barros next, the winner of Quigg vs. Romania’s Simion will be next in line to face the Welshman, provided he beats the Argentine.
However, should Barros not meet the requirements to face Selby next –– after TGB Promotions won the purse bids to stage the fight –– Quigg or Simion could get a straight shot at the 30-year-old.
Also on the Joshua vs. Klitschko pay-per-view card, Katie Taylor will feature as she continues her charge towards a world title shot later this year and Luke Campbell faces Darleys Perez, the former WBA lightweight champion, in an eliminator for the number one position with the sanctioning body in the division.
And there is action for a trio of Olympians in the shape of Joe Cordina, who makes his debut on April 22 at the ECHO Arena in Liverpool, Lawrence Okolie, who aims to make it 2-0 in Scotland on April 15, and ‘Pretty Boy’ Josh Kelly, who features alongside Okolie on the Glasgow card topped by Ricky Burns’ WBA title defence against IBF and IBO super-lightweight champion Julius Indongo.
Further additions to the Joshua vs. Klitschko card will be revealed by promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport in due course.