Date of Birth: 9th October 1988
Manager: Self Managed
Trainer: Joe Gallagher
SCOTT QUIGG has shown impressive performances since turning professional in April 2007 which as seen him rise and become the WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion.
It proves how right Scott was, when at the age of 15 he walked into the head teacher’s office at Elton High School, Bury with his parents Kenny and Lyndsay, and asked to be expelled so he could devote his life to boxing.Although the teacher’s laughed when he asked to leave school, Scott’s request was granted on condition that he attended college on a part time basis to fit in with his boxing training.
Scott’s parents took Scott to a Thai boxing gym when he was ten-years-old to help him build up his strength and to control his aggression.
Back then, his dad believed that football would be his youngest son’s career path and he was on Burnley’s books until his 15th birthday, when he was released for being too small.
It’s around this time that, Scott started boxing for Bury ABC where he was trained by Mick Jelley. He had the boxing bug from the moment he won his first amateur contest.
He didn’t completely neglect his roots and still enjoyed working with his Thai boxing coach Darren Phillips.
His family insisted that Scott worked and his dad found him a job sweeping the floor at the factory where he worked. It gave him a motto that has remained etched ever since, “Train hard and you will never have to work in a factory.”
His amateur boxing career lasted just three years, but Scott still managed to win a Junior ABA championship, represent England and win a hotly contested multi-nations tournament in Ireland.
Towards the end of his amateur career, Scott was already training with professionals at Brian Hughes renowned gym in the Collyhurst area of Manchester and the transition to the paid ranks ran smoothly.
Scott turned professional with veteran trainer Hughes and his progress has startled many seasoned boxing observers.
During the early professional days, Scott kept his promotional options open fighting for most of Britain’s major promoters.
He made a significant step in early 2009 when he became one of the first boxers to sign with Hatton Promotions.
Inside 18 months Scott won a British title eliminator against Gavin Reid and the WBA inter-continental crown when he stopped Santiago Allione inside three rounds.
In the first WBA defence, Scott gave a flawless display over 12 rounds widely outpointing top class Frenchman Daniel Kodjo Sassou.
After that fight, trainer Hughes decided to retire and Scott remained at the same gym to work under former European light-welterweight champion Pat Barrett and Thomas McDonagh.
In their one fight together in July 2011, the Bury hot shot won a WBA world title eliminator when his body punching took its toll on Franklin Varela in round seven.
Although Scott was happy with Barrett and McDonagh he felt there was a lack of quality sparring in the gym because he was the lone active professional.
They split amicably shortly after the Varela victory and Scott was then managed by his friend and Adviser to Ricky Hatton, Paul Speak. A decision was made to employ a new trainer in Joe Gallagher’s and train at QAmir Khan’s gym in Bolton.
Since Scott first walked into Bury ABC, his ambition was to have a prestigious Lonsdale belt wrapped around his waist.
After working his way into the mandatory challenger’s position, Scott got the opportunity to challenge British champion Jason Booth at the Reebok stadium, Bolton in October 2011.
Booth just couldn’t cope with Scott’s pressure, talent and freshness. Scott won every round before the corner of brave heart Booth retired their man on his stool after seven rounds.
Scott made the first defence of his British Title against Jamie Arthur at the Reebok stadium, Bolton in February 2012. A capacity crowd of 2,000 stormed the heaviest snow fall in recent years to see Scott stop Arthur on a TKO in round eight. Scott hadn’t had it all his own way, following a flash knockdown in the fourth round, Scott rallied and won the next four rounds. Referee Mark Green stepped in and stopped the contest saving Arthur getting further punishment.
A world title is every boxers dream and Scott was matched against Rendall Munroe for the W.B.A. Interim Super bantamweight World Championship on the 16th June 2012 at the Manchester National Cycling centre.
With the help of his sponsors Geoff and Josh Copp Scott of Central Specialist services Scott was able to draft in sparring partners, that included the former European champion Willie Casey and Amor Balhadji, to help him prepare for the fight with Munroe. Nothing was left to chance.
Scott was supremely confident going into the fight. The fight had only gone three rounds when both boxers accidentally clashed heads and Munroe suffered a cut over his right eye. Referee Howard Foster called in the Doctor to examine the cut and Munroe was not allowed to continue. The rules of the British Boxing Board Of Control state that if a contest is stopped within four rounds through and accidental injury the result will be declared a technical draw.
Most observers felt that Munroe had won the first round but that Scott had won the second and was coming into his own in the third.
Following a month long training camp at the famous Wild Card gym in Los Angeles Scott retuned home to find that the rematch with Rendall Munroe had been made for November the 24th at The Manchester Arena on the undercard to Ricky Hatton’s comeback fight against Vacheslav Senchenko. Scott employed the services of top sparring partners including Goldenboy Prospect Julian Ramirez from Los Angeles.
Later that year was awarded the Prestigious Boxing Writers “Britains Best Young Boxer 2012″ Scott attended the Savoy Hotel London on the 15th October to receive the award. Scott gave the writers one of the most emotional speeches in recent years when he thanked his parents Lynsey and Kenny for their belief in him and promised that whatever he does in boxing he will always aim to make his parents proud of him.
On the rain soaked evening on the 24th November 2012 20,000 people crammed the Manchester Arena for a very emotional night of boxing. Ricky Hatton, was winning on the score cards but was stopped by a body shot in the 8th round and for Ricky his dream of recapturing another World Championship was over.
Quigg Munroe was the highlight of the undercard with many claiming that Scott stole the show. Critics said that Munroe would be too strong or too wise for the Young Pretender. However Scott had other plans and in round six a perfect body shot stopped Munroe in his tracks. The fight was over and Scott Quigg became the W.B.A. Super Bantamweight Interim World Champion. For many ringside it was a punch perfect performance and propelled Scott closer towards his ultimate dream of becoming World Champion.
Following the Munroe fight. Scott travelled to Las Vegas for the Pacquiao v Marquez 4 fight. This gave Scott a taste for the big fights and maybe one day headlining a show in America.
In June 2013 Scott signed a five fight promotional contract with Matchroom Promotions.
Scott Made his debut with Matchroom at the Bolton Arena on the 29th June 2013 on the undercard to Anthony Crolla v Gavin Rees. Scott didnt show any signs of ring rust and following a near punch perfect performance he stopped teak tough Brazilian William Prado in the third round.
In September 2013 Scott was elevated to the status of “Regular” World champion by the W.B.A. ahead of his clash with Yoandris Salinas scheduled to take place on the undercard of David Haye v Tyson Fury at the Phones 4 You Arena Manchester.
When Haye suffered a cut to his eye in sparring the Manchester bill was cancelled and Scott’s fight against Salinas was moved to the O2 Arena London on the 5th October 2013.
Scott started the contest in a cautious manner,his plan to wear down Salinas and come strong in the later rounds. Scott stuck to his plan and most observers ringside thought that he had won the contest. One judge saw it that way but the remaining two judges saw it as a draw, The decison was then announced as a Majority draw and Scott remained the WBA Super Bantamweight Champion of the World.
Scott was did not feel that he could call himself a legitimate World Champion until he won the belt “In The Ring” and Scott’s chance came when he fought tough Argentinian Diego Oscar Silva at the Phone 4 You arena, Manchester on the 23rd November 2013. This fight was chief support to the controvertial clash between Carl Froch and George Groves.
Whilst many fans thought that Groves had been stopped early by the referee, Scott didn’t leave it to the judges scorecards when he faced Silva. A blistering pace saw Scott stop his opponent in the second round. In doing so he made a clinical statement to the World’s elite Super Bantamweights and the right to call himself the WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion.
Scott was scheduled to face mandatory challenger Nehomar Cermeno from Panama City, Panama at the Phones 4 You Arena Manchester on the 19th April 2014, Topping the Manchester venue for the first time in his career.Visa problems with Cermeno prevented him from travelling to Manchester However a replacement was found in Tshifiwa Munyai.
Many experts predicted that Munyai would be a tougher test than Cermeno as he had travelled to these shores in the past and wrecked the dreams of Lee Haskins and Martin Power and entered the ring as a former IBO Super Bantamweight World Champion and the WBA Pan African Champion.
There was no need to worry as Scott scored a knockdown in the first round and finished the job with a TKO in the 2nd.
September 2014 saw Scott sign a 12 month sponsorship agreement with Iconicbet.com
Onn the 13th September 2014 Scott returned to the Phones 4 You Arena, Manchester. His opponent was Stephane Jamoye, The former European bantamweight Champion from Belgium, a late replacement for the injured Paulus Ambunda.
Jamoye was no stranger to the U.K. Having previously beaten Lee Haskins, Ashley Sexton and losing a controversial decision to Jamie McDonnell. Jamoye had campaigned at the highest level in championship Boxing having gone 6 rounds with Leo Santa Cruz.
Scott systematically broke down Jamoye, not wasting any shots and picking off Jamoye with devastating body shots. Scott finally stopped Jamoye at 1 minute 13 seconds of the third round with a peach of a body shot.
Next up for Scott was chief support on the sold out Bellew v Cleverly card at the Echo Arena, Liverpool on Saturday 22nd November 2014. His opponent was the Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Hidenori Otake. Otake came with an impressive 22 win record with only 1 loss and 3 draws in a 26 fight career. Otake was unbeaten in seven years and proved a tough challenger for The WBA World Champion.
After 12 rounds Scott won a unanimous decision over Otake but in doing so injured his right hand, tearing two tendons. This resulted in an operation in December 2014. The injury is expected to make a full recovery and Scott, who is back in training, will hopefully be back in the ring this summer.
With talk of Bury’s football ground being renamed “Quigg Lane” for one night, Unification fights with Leo Santa Cruz and the much talked about domestic clash with Carl Frampton who is the current IBF Super Bantamweight World Champion, the future looks bright for Scott. A long awaited clash with domestic rival Carl Frampton beckons and this is the fight that Scott relishes the most.
Scott’s interests outside of boxing include Football, He is a keen fan of his local Football club Bury.
Apart form Holidays, the hotter the better, Scott finds time to relax using Yoga and going along to Gigg lane to support “The Shakers”
Scott believes in giving something back to the community and is a Patron of the Frost Foundation, A Local Charity aimed at helping under privileged and disadvantaged children.
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