IF Scott Quigg’s master plan comes off he will be a world champion by the end of 2013.
That’s the aim for the Bury boxer, who is preparing to go back into the ring next month to defend his British super bantamweight title.
The 23-year-old fighter – who trains at Amir Khan’s Gloves gym in Bolton – is taking on Jamie Arthur, aged 31, at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday, February 4. It is the first fight in a year that Quigg hopes will go a long way to shaping his destiny.
“This year is about proving that I’m the best in Britain and going on to becoming a European champion,”
“By early 2013, I would like to be on the verge of fighting for a world title and be ready for it.”
After 23 wins in 23 fights, including 16 knockouts, Quigg is experienced enough to know that he cannot afford to lose his focus ahead of the Arthur fight, but there is no doubt he has bigger fish to fry.
European champion Kiko Martinez is firmly in his sights, although the Bury boxer would be more than happy to take on Ireland’s Carl Frampton as well as he bids to underline his dominance of the British Isles.
“I hope in 2012 to get the experience I need for a world- title shot in 2013,” said Quigg.
“I will have to take on some very tough fighters to prove I have got enough to be there.
Martinez is the next match-up I’m gunning for.”
A busy undercard includes Beijing Olympian Joe Murray’s match-up with fellow unbeaten hopeful Chris Male for the vacant English featherweight title.
Boxing starts at 6.15pm and tickets priced from £35 are available by calling 01925 755 222, Ticketmaster 0844 847 2500, Ticketline 0844 888 9991 or online at www.hattonboxing.com