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Quigg wants world title return

Last Updated: 20/04/16 9:49am

Scott Quigg is happy to face Guillermo Rigondeaux

Scott Quigg is happy to face Guillermo Rigondeaux

Scott Quigg is happy to face Guillermo Rigondeaux

Scott Quigg hopes to return to fight Guillermo Rigondeaux for a vacant WBA world title in September.

Quigg (31-1-2-KO23) handed over the WBA super-bantamweight belt to Carl Frampton in March after a points defeat; a bout the Mancunian claims he won despite sustaining a broken jaw.

But Quigg believes the Northern Irishman, who also holds the IBF crown, will vacate rather than face the WBA’s champion ‘in recess’ Rigondeaux (16-0-KO10), who recently pulled out of a scheduled UK debut against Jazza Dickens.

Hopefully we can go straight back in for a world title. Forget the injury or the jaw. I want to be back where I feel like I belong – at the top.

Scott Quigg

Quigg told Sky Sports: “I had an X-ray on Tuesday. Everything is healing fine. It’s knitted back together. They say it takes six weeks for a fracture to heal then it’s got to set and get stronger.

“I’ve got another two months before I can start sparring again. As soon as I can fight again, and I’m looking at September or October, then I want to be back where I belong with the biggest fight possible.

Guillermo Rigondeaux is considered the division's best

Guillermo Rigondeaux is considered the division's best

Guillermo Rigondeaux is considered the division’s best

“Hopefully we can go straight back in for a world title. Forget the injury or the jaw. I want to be back where I feel like I belong – at the top. I want to be in with the biggest opponent I can be in with because I want to prove that I’m the best.

“Obviously Frampton has both belts. I don’t think he’ll fight Rigondeaux and the WBA belt will become vacant then. I’d be happy to take that straight away.”

Watch how Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg unfolded on Saturday night

Watch how Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg unfolded on Saturday night

Watch how Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg unfolded on Saturday night

Reflecting on the unification clash at the Manchester Arena, Quigg added: “I’ve watched the fight back six or seven times and I believe I won the fight by a round a couple of times and I gave it a draw on one occasion. I knew it was a close fight but I believe I won the fight.

“I’m not going to sit here and say it was the wrong decision – he got it and fair play to him. I felt very comfortable in there and I could see everything he was doing.”

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Nelson's heavyweight top 10

Johnny Nelson

Boxing Expert & Columnist

Last Updated: 14/04/16 4:01pm

Has Anthony Joshua broken into Johnny Nelson’s heavyweight top 10 after winning the IBF title at the weekend?

The Sky Sports expert did not include Joshua in his last top 10, leaving him just outside his heavyweight list at No 12.

But Nelson has updated his rankings after Joshua knocked out Charles Martin to claim the IBF belt on Saturday night.

10: Bryant Jennings 19-2

Bryant Jennings pushed Wladimir Klitschko in a point defeat

Bryant Jennings pushed Wladimir Klitschko in a point defeat

Bryant Jennings pushed Wladimir Klitschko in a point defeat

Jennings has moved a place down from my original top 10, because he was taken out by Luis Ortiz in the seventh round. But he’s experienced and I would still keep him in there. I do think, potentially for AJ, he would be a good learning fight.

Quigg: Frampton dodged Rigo

Last Updated: 14/04/16 2:30pm

Scott Quigg is still unable to train due to a jaw injury

Scott Quigg is still unable to train due to a jaw injury

Scott Quigg is still unable to train due to a jaw injury

Scott Quigg claims Carl Frampton gave up the WBA world super-bantamweight title to avoid facing Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Frampton took Quigg’s WBA crown via split decision in February but the Northern Irishman, who was already IBF champion, has since been stripped by the WBA for failing to agree to a first defence against Rigondeaux (16-0-KO10).

In an interview reported on The Boxing Voice, Quigg said: “He’s been stripped of the WBA title. I’d definitely be looking to see who the WBA will put me in with.

Watch how Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg unfolded on Saturday night

Watch how Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg unfolded on Saturday night

Watch how Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg unfolded on Saturday night

“Whether it’s Rigondeaux, who Frampton was supposed to fight but he chose to relinquish because they’re not confident of winning that fight, I’d be 100 per cent confident going in to get that title back against Rigondeaux.”

During defeat to Frampton, Quigg suffered a broken jaw but, although he is still unable to resume full training, reiterated his desire for a rematch.

“At the minute I’ve still got two plates in my jaw from the fight, so I’m playing a waiting game,” he added.

Joe Gallagher says Scott Quigg is already targeting a rematch with Carl Frampton

Joe Gallagher says Scott Quigg is already targeting a rematch with Carl Frampton

Joe Gallagher says Scott Quigg is already targeting a rematch with Carl Frampton

“I’m still in the gym but I can’t spar and this has got to heal before I can get back in the ring. But I’m looking to get back in the ring late September, early October all going well.

“First of all I want a rematch with Frampton but other than Frampton it would be Leo Santa Cruz, because I think mine and his style of fighting would gel for a great action-packed fight and that’s one that I’ve always fancied winning.”

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Hyland: I'll do it for my dad

Last Updated: 14/04/16 2:44pm

Patrick Hyland wants to win the WBC featherweight title for his late father

Patrick Hyland wants to win the WBC featherweight title for his late father

Patrick Hyland wants to win the WBC featherweight title for his late father

Patrick Hyland says winning a world title for his late father would be a dream come true.

The Irish featherweight, who lost Patrick Hyland Snr to depression last June, takes on WBC champion Gary Russell Jr this weekend, live on Sky Sports.

Hyland’s father trained him and his brothers Eddie and Paulie and in an emotional pre-fight press conference, he said winning the world title would be the best way to pay tribute.

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“It’s massively important for my father and the Hyland name alone,” he told Sky Sports.

“To finally win a world title would pay off and to look up and say ‘dad, I did it’ would be just… I’d be over the moon. It’d be a dream come true.

“He trained us all through our lives, since we were kids, he brought us up as pros and never missed a fight. He’s always in my corner

“He died from suicide and from depression and it’s hard to keep an eye out for that. I support the suicide prevention people and that is a major part for my family – we’ve been through it and it’s tough.

“It’s for my dad, for my brothers, for my wife and kids, that’s all I’m about and that’s all I want to win this title for.”

Russell Jr has not boxed for over a year

Russell Jr has not boxed for over a year

Russell Jr has not boxed for over a year

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DiBella hails British takeover

Last Updated: 14/04/16 1:55pm

Boxing promoter Lou DiBella said there is boxing revolution happening right now in Britain

Boxing promoter Lou DiBella said there is boxing revolution happening right now in Britain

Boxing promoter Lou DiBella said there is boxing revolution happening right now in Britain

American promoter Lou DiBella has admitted British boxing rules the world ahead of Saturday’s clash between Jose Pedraza and Stephen Smith.

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Smith (23-1-KO13) can swell Britain’s total of world champions to 13 if he dethrones IBF super-featherweight champion Pedraza (21-0-KO12) in Connecticut,

Smith: I'll dominate Pedraza

Last Updated: 14/04/16 10:37am

Stephen Smith feels he has the power to stop Jose Pedraza

Stephen Smith feels he has the power to stop Jose Pedraza

Stephen Smith feels he has the power to stop Jose Pedraza

Stephen Smith is convinced he will become Britain’s latest world champion in Connecticut this weekend..

The 30-year-old will take on undefeated Puerto Rican Jose Pedraza for the IBF super-featherweight title at the Foxwoods Resort in the early hours of Sunday morning and is confident of victory.

Smith is one of four boxing brothers and is looking to follow in the footsteps of younger sibling Liam, who is a world champion at light-middleweight.

Asked if he was confident of emulating him, Smith – whose other brothers Paul and Callum have won British titles – told Sky Sports: “Definitely.

“It has never been a race with us but there has always been that little bit of bragging rights.

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“When I join him as world champion, we can sit there and give Callum stick!”

Pedraza has won all 21 of his fights as a pro, claiming the title when he convincingly outpointed Andrey Klimov last June, before a split-decision win over Edner Cherry when he defended the belt in October.

Regarding Pedraza’s likely tactics, Smith said: “He may come out with movement. He has seen me and seen my style, and may think that movement is the best way.

“I believe he won’t stand with me.

“I have said all along, I believe I punch hard for a super-featherweight and, if I land, he will know he has been hit. I believe I can get rid of anyone.

Jose Pedraza (left) defended his title via a split decision in his last bout

Jose Pedraza (left) defended his title via a split decision in his last bout

Jose Pedraza (left) defended his title via a split decision in his last bout

“It is going to be a bit of a cagey fight at times but I will up the pace and I think he finds the weight hard as well.

“We will see how the fight unfolds but I am very confident that I will be dominant on the night and I will be a new world champion.”

Watch Stephen Smith challenge Jose Pedraza for the IBF super-featherweight title live on Sky Sports 1 from 3.00am on Sunday April 17

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'Whole of UK wants AJ-Haye'

Last Updated: 13/04/16 5:35pm

Anthony Joshua and David Haye are on a heavyweight collision course (Pic by Lawrence Lustig)

Anthony Joshua and David Haye are on a heavyweight collision course (Pic by Lawrence Lustig)

Anthony Joshua and David Haye are on a heavyweight collision course (Pic by Lawrence Lustig)

A match-up between Anthony Joshua and David Haye is the fight the whole country wants, according to Naseem Hamed.

Joshua’s path to the top of the heavyweight division is being carefully plotted by Eddie Hearn, who said this week the new IBF champion would likely face Tyson Fury before any contest with Haye.

But the Haye fight is the pick of the bunch, as far as Britain’s boxing ‘Prince’ is concerned.

“The fight I’d really want to watch is David Haye and Mr Joshua,” former world featherweight champ Hamed told Sky Sports News HQ.

Tyson Fury insists he's got nothing left to prove and he wouldn't be fighting Joshua for his IBF title

Tyson Fury insists he's got nothing left to prove and he wouldn't be fighting Joshua for his IBF title

Tyson Fury insists he’s got nothing left to prove and he wouldn’t be fighting Joshua for his IBF title

“I think the whole of London and the whole of the UK would want to watch that fight.”

Haye reckons he will get to Joshua before Fury, who has the WBA and WBO belts and faces a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko in July.

But another of Britain’s boxing greats Ricky Hatton believes Fury-Joshua will be a fascinating contest when it happens.

“I think the whole of London and the whole of the UK would want to watch Haye-Joshua.”

Naseem Hamed

He said: “Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua? Styles make fights, and that would be a great clash of styles and a great clash of personalities.

“Tyson’s got all the mouth and Anthony keeps his feet on the ground and doesn’t really say much. It’s a nice Jekyll and Hyde-type fight.”

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Fury: AJ or Wilder next

Last Updated: 14/04/16 10:09am

Tyson Fury only interested in big-money fights

Tyson Fury only interested in big-money fights

Tyson Fury only interested in big-money fights

Tyson Fury says Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder are his only possible opponents once he has dealt with Wladimir Klitschko for a second time.

Eddie Hearn this week predicted Fury-Joshua could happen before the end of 2016 in the wake of Joshua’s IBF title success against Charles Martin.

Fury was unimpressed with that second-round stoppage and has vowed never again to fight for the IBF belt after the organisation stripped him in December just weeks after a stunning points success against Klitschko.

Fury insists money is his motivation to fight on

Fury insists money is his motivation to fight on

Fury insists money is his motivation to fight on

But the lineal heavyweight champion, who still holds the WBO and WBA versions, admits money is his motivation and says the prospect of giving his unborn grandchildren a secure future could see him step in the ring with the unbeaten Olympic champion.

“The biggest fights are [WBC champion] Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.

Fury: AJ is next in line

Last Updated: 08/04/16 2:34pm

Tyson Fury's camp are already looking beyond Wladimir Klitschko

Tyson Fury's camp are already looking beyond Wladimir Klitschko

Tyson Fury’s camp are already looking beyond Wladimir Klitschko

Anthony Joshua could be next in line for Tyson Fury providing the undefeated heavyweights both come through their next fights, says Peter Fury.

Joshua will bid to add the IBF title to his Olympic crown when he challenges American southpaw Charles Martin at London’s O2 on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

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Fellow undefeated domestic rival Fury is due to face Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch in Manchester on July 9 after he upset the odds and ended the Ukrainian’s 11-year reign in Dusseldorf last November.

The undefeated Britons have traded verbal insults this week in the build-up to Joshua’s title challenge and Fury’s trainer and uncle, Peter, is already looking forward to the pair settling their grudges in the ring.

“We hope Joshua comes through Martin because it’s a massive fight for UK fans,” Peter Fury told Sky Sports News HQ.

Tyson Fury celebrates after defeating Wladimir Klitschko on points

Tyson Fury celebrates after defeating Wladimir Klitschko on points

Tyson Fury celebrates after defeating Wladimir Klitschko on points

“If Tyson comes through his obligation and Anthony Joshua comes through Martin tomorrow, there’s no reason why we can’t get that fight on next.

“That’s the fight we are definitely interested it, providing both come through their obligations.

Peter Fury wants WBO and WBA super champion Tyson Fury to fight Anthony Joshua after his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko

Peter Fury wants WBO and WBA super champion Tyson Fury to fight Anthony Joshua after his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko

Peter Fury wants WBO and WBA super champion Tyson Fury to fight Anthony Joshua after his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko

“We definitely want it by the end of the year, Tyson is not wanting to sit down, we don’t want to wait, we want to keep moving forward, keep the momentum going.

“So we are very happy for that fight to take place, like I said we’ve got to get that fight out of the way in July and we will be looking forward to taking that fight next.”

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Rocky returns to winning ways

Last Updated: 03/04/16 12:57am

Rocky Fielding returned to winning ways after edging a close split decision over tough Frenchman Christopher Rebrasse.

The Stockbridge super-middleweight was back at the Echo Arena, where he was stunned inside the first round by Callum Smith last time, and survived a similar scare to nick it.

Fielding was down in the second round but his experience, continuous combinations and strong finish saw him pick up the WBC International title by the smallest margin.

One judge gave it to Rebrasse 115-113 but, thankfully for the local support, the next two sided with Fielding, both by 114-113 scores.

“It was a fight I needed to dig deep and be right up for,” he told Sky Sports. “He’s a tough guy and we’ve seen that. I thought I was comfortable but he was tough. I’m over the moon to get the win.

Rocky Fielding recovered from a knockdown to beat Christopher Rebrasse.

Rocky Fielding recovered from a knockdown to beat Christopher Rebrasse.

Rocky Fielding recovered from a knockdown to beat Christopher Rebrasse.

“It was a nice right he caught me with and that split second where I switched off, I got caught. I’ll have to learn from that. I shook it off, dug deep and came back.

“I’ve been working so hard in the gym and having such tough sparring with Martin Murray. That’s what I had to put into the ring – a bit of grit. I haven’t had to dig deep and that fight, I did. I thought I could’ve boxed better but he’s a tough guy.”

Rocky Fielding was down in the second round

Rocky Fielding was down in the second round

Rocky Fielding was down in the second round

Fielding made a confident start to the fight but that was blown away by a knockdown that had everyone wondering if we were in for another Rocky horror showing.

Smith was a little further away this time, getting ready for his world title eliminator, but memories came flooding back as Rebrasse landed three big rights, the last one leaving Fielding on his backside.

Fielding looked to trainer Oliver Harrison as he climbed off the canvas but with less than 15 seconds left in the round, he made it to the bell.

Rocky Fielding edged the split decision.

Rocky Fielding edged the split decision.

Rocky Fielding edged the split decision.

He managed to steady himself in the next couple of rounds, his jab and his straight right keeping Rebrasse at bay, but as good as his combinations were, it was clear he was going to follow George Groves and Smith with the Frenchman taking him the full 12 rounds.

But this time, Rebrasse was far more offensive than usual. Time and time again his right landed flush, slipping through the guard and in the sixth and then the eighth, it jarred Fielding’s head back.

Fielding spent plenty of time on the ropes almost trying to draw ‘L’Iceberg’ in but it would have needed a shot of Titanic proportions to put Rebrasse down.

However, Fielding got busier and busier and dominated with a simple left-right combination whenever the pair met in the middle of the ring.