By Jake Donovan
A replacement opponent has been found for Scott Quigg atop the September 13 bill in Manchester, England. The unbeaten super bantamweight will now face Stephane Jamoye, who replaces an injured Paulus Ambunda.
The news was confirmed through Matchroom Sport's press agent Tuesday afternoon (local time).
Quigg (28-0-2, 21KOs) was angling for a showdown with fellow unbeaten 122 lb. titlist Leo Santa Cruz, who is scheduled to fight on the same day in the United States. Both fighters wound up with showcase bouts instead, featuring opponents moving up in weight. Santa Cruz will face former sparring partner Manuel Roman in a supporting bout to the Pay-Per-View televised rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana.
Hours beforehand, Quigg will defend his alphabet title against Jamoye, a former bantamweight contender moving up in weight for the late assignment.
The bout marks Quigg's third straight appearance at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester. The 25-year comes in on the heels of a pair of 2nd round knockouts, including his most recent win in April.
Jamoye (26-5, 16KOs) turned heads—especially in the UK boxing scene—with back-to-back upset wins over Lee Haskins and Ashley Sexton. The Belgian bantamweight propelled to title contention as a result, but was brought back to reality in a shocking 12-round points loss to journeyman Karim Guerfi last September.
The setback ultimately didn't matter; Jamoye still landed a landed a title fight, but was well out of his league in suffering a one-sided 9th round stoppage at the hands of long-reigning unbeaten bantamweight titlist Shinsuke Yamanaka in April, his last ring appearance.
Other bouts on the September 13 bill include: Anthony Crolla versus former 130 lb. titlist Gamaliel Diaz in a domestic lightweight title fight; local prospects Scott Cardle and Kirk Goodings squaring off in a British lightweight title eliminator; and unbeaten heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua (7-0, 7KOs), who captured a Gold medal for the Great Britain squad in the 2012 London Olympics.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox