Barry McGuigan and Scott Quigg DUAL SIGNED Boxing News magazine (edition 25th February 2016) front cover featuring Carl Frampton vs Scott Quigg super bantamweight World title unification fight, 27th February 2016, Manchester Arena (formerly M.E.N Arena).
Born Finbar Patrick McGuigan in Monaghan, Ulster, Ireland on February 28, 1961, he was raised in the small town of Clones.
McGuigan captured a gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games and turned pro in 1981. In 1983 he won both the British and European featherweight titles.
Following a win over top contender Jose Caba and former featherweight champion Juan LaPorte, McGuigan was matched with Eusebio Pedroza for his WBA featherweight title. On June 8, 1985 a crowd of nearly 26,000 packed Queen's Park Rangers Stadium in London to see a match-up between McGuigan and the skillful Panamanian legend.
McGuigan dropped Pedroza in the 7th round and after 15 grueling rounds, was awarded the decision and the championship. McGuigan was successful in two title defences against Bernard Taylor (KO8) and Danilo Cabrera (TKO14) before meeting Steve Cruz for his third defence. In 110-degree heat in Caesars Palace McGuigan hit the canvas in the 10th and 15th rounds of the toe-to-toe affair and after 15 rounds, Cruz was the new champion via 15-round decision. Inactive for two years after the Cruz battle, McGuigan re-emerged for four bouts before retiring in 1989 with a 32-3 (28 KOs) record.
Noted for his stamina, courage, durable chin, determination, and busy style, McGuigan is a hero in his native land. His immense popularity transcended boxing. Long-standing violence between Catholics and Protestants subsided when McGuigan stepped in the ring.
The popular saying of the day was "Leave the fighting to McGuigan." Since retiring from the ring, the effervescent Irishman has served as a noted television commentator and columnist.
Scott Quigg (born 9 October 1988) current WBA super bantamweight champion.
Early Professional Career
Quigg's professional debut came on 21 April 2007 with a victory over Gary Shiel at the Jarvis Hotel in Manchester. Throughout the rest of the year he won on four more occasions giving him a record of 5–0 at the end of 2007. Quigg fought six more times in 2008, winning on each occasion, a run that included a victory over Ghana's tough journeyman Sumaila Badu in just the first round of a four round contest. Watching the contest Boxing News reporter Danny Flexen claimed that after watching over 50 live shows he had "never seen a more complete prospect " with less than 10 fights under his belt.
Quigg remained unbeaten with a further five victories on Hatton Promotions bills in 2009. In his last fight of the year on 27 November Quigg met and stopped the former Ukrainian national champion and former European title challenger Yuriy Voronin in the sixth round of an 8 round fight at the Robin Park Centre in Wigan.
In 2010 Quigg defeated journeyman Nikita Lukin in Stoke on 19 February and then went on to meet Andrey Kostin in his home town of Bury on 29 May. The victory over Kostin was particularly notable in that it was the first time a professional contest had been held in the town since the local council banned the sport 13 years previously, lifting the ban only so that Quigg could compete in his home town. Quigg's homecoming didn't last too long as he triumphed with a stoppage over his Russian opponent in just one round and in front of 1200 fans saying after the fight that "this was one of the best days of my life".
Quigg fought a British title eliminator against tough Scotsman Gavin Reid in his next fight on 16 July 2010. The fight at the Bolton Arena resulted in a 9th round stoppage win for Quigg against a man who had previously gone the distance in a challenge for the Scottish national title.
WBA Inter-Continental Champion
On 25 September 2010 Quigg returned to the Castle Leisure Centre in Bury to compete for the WBA Inter-Continental title against Argentinian boxer Santiago Allione stopping him in the third round. He defended his title on 26 November 2010 at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton on the undercard of Matthew Hatton's European title defence against Roberto Belge. His opponent, the experienced Frenchman Daniel Kodjo Sassou had won the IBF International title in his last fight against Arsen Martirosyan. Quigg managed to put Sassou down in the 7th round before running out a unanimous points winner over 12 rounds.
Quigg defeated Venezuela's Franklin Varela via a 7th round stoppage in his second defence on 23 July 2011, and was ranked fourth in the WBA.
British Super-Bantamweight Champion
On 22 October 2011 Quigg defeated Jason Booth to win the British Super-Bantamweight title at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton. After a one-sided contest Booth retired at the end of the seventh round. On 4 February 2012, Quigg made the first defence of his title, beating the rugged veteran Jamie Arthur with an eighth-round stoppage, despite being put on the canvas in the fourth.
Rendall Munroe Bout
On 16 June 2012 in the Velodrome in Manchester Quigg faced rival English Super-Bantamweight Rendall Munroe for the Interim WBA Super-Bantamweight Title. Munroe was badly cut over the right eye from an accidental head clash in the third round. With the fight having to be stopped, it went to the scorecards resulting in a Technical Draw with neither man getting a win or a loss on their record, bringing a very big domestic clash to an extremely anti-climactic ending.
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The rematch of this highly waited showdown was made for the undercard of Ricky Hatton's comeback fight at the Manchester area, the fight took place at a venue which had sold out within 6 hours of tickets being released. Munroe came out strong in the first, winning it clearly with fast punches and a higher work rate. After the first, however, Quigg upped it and was landing hard to the body with both rights and lefts round after round. By the sixth Munroe was surely feeling it and it showed as he went down twice. The second time the fight was stopped with no complaints from Munroe. After this fight Quigg was promoted to WBA Regular Champion, and has since defended this belt on six occasions, five being victories and one being a draw.
Quigg took a battery of tests and left experts convinced that he's one of the fittest boxers in the world. Bury's Quigg spent a day with his strength and conditioning coach Ric Moylan University of Salford, Human Performance Laboratory. The results left professionals in that field amazed as the British champ flew through the assessments. Moylan revealed: "When it came to fitness levels, Scott was up there with elite endurance athletes like Sir Chris Hoy and Mo Farah. I have been involved with professional sportsmen for 15 years and Scott is one of the fittest guys I have ever seen. He did fitness, performance and endurance tests, blood analysis, and urine tests, but Scott's determination was equally as impressive as his world class fitness. During the tests Scott just wanted to push on.