By Steve Kim
Former champion Scott Quigg (32-1-2, 24 KOs) faces Viorel Simion (21-1, 9 KOs) this Saturday from Wembley Stadium in England.
The contest takes place on the undercard of the highly anticipated heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko, and a record crowd of 90,000 fans are expected at the venue.
This fight with Simion is designated as an IBF eliminator, meaning the winner gets a crack at Lee Selby who has the IBF featherweight title. It's certainly an opportunity that Quigg relishes but he has other fights in mind, also.
Quigg would like to get revenge for last February's twelve round split decision loss to country rival Carl Frampton. And he also wants to get the winner of the upcoming rematch between Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares, who battle for the WBA featherweight crown.
"Obviously, I'm always going to revenge that loss (to Carl Frampton),'' said Quigg, a couple of weeks ago after his final sparring session at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.
"But I'd love to fight the winner of Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares. That's a fight I'd really, really relish. I rate both of them as fightes, they're very respectful, they train hard, they're dedicated. Those are the fights you want to be involved in and I believe I can beat both of them,"stated Quigg. Santa Cruz defeated Mares in the summer of 2015 and all indications are that they will soon engage in a rematch.
Perhaps having a major title belt will entice the pair to get in the ring with Quigg. A fight with Selby would give him that opportunity.
"Obviously, I'd like to get a crack a a world title but first and foremost I'd like the winner of Santa Cruz and Mares," he reiterated. "I think they'd both be interested in a fight with me."
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.