BURY boxer Scott Quigg returns to the ring on Saturday aiming to step up his bid for another shot at a world title in 2018.

The 29-year-old, who now trains in Los Angeles with Freddie Roach, faces Ukrainian Oleg Yefimovych in a eliminator for the WBA World Bantamweight title in Monte-Carlo.

Yefimovych is ranked number four in the WBA so a win for Quigg puts him right in the mix for a World title clash in 2018, but he knows it’s going to be a hard night’s work.

“I’m expecting a tough fight from Oleg,” said Quigg.

“I know I’ve got a tough fight in front of me but it’s one I’m very confident in with the work I’m putting in and how I’m looking in the gym.

“Oleg’s highly ranked in the WBA so it’s going to shoot me right up there. I’ve never boxed in Monte Carlo so it’s another new experience and one I am looking forward to.

“The fights I want are Abner Mares, Leo Santa Cruz. I believe they’re going to be fighting early March or sometime in April, I’d love the winner of that. I want to be involved in big fights, like the big fight with Carl Frampton."

Quigg was last in action in April against Viorel Simion at Wembley Stadium, winning by a unanimous points decision on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's victory against Wladimir Klitschko.

It was a 33rd win of his professional career that has seen just the one defeat – to Carl Frampton last year.

Since the Wembley win, he has continued to hone his skills in the Wild Card Gym stateside with hall of fame coach Roach.

And he believes the switch from Joe Gallagher's camp at Amir Khan's Academy in Bolton has been good for him.

“I made some big changes,” said Quigg.

“I needed to make them big changes and I felt the benefits of it.

“It's good to have something different, Freddie has unrivalled experience and teaming up with him was only ever going to improve me.

"I’ve been getting back to my boxing with Freddie, getting behind the jab and simplifying things.

"It’s all been about letting my skills flow and not smothering my work, and that will let my natural power work.

"I’ve been learning every day and most importantly, I’m happy.

"The main thing is you've got to enjoy training. If you're not enjoying it, you might as well walk away."