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Op-Ed: Quigg wants quick job against Martinez to secure Donaire fight

Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KOs) is set to collide with Spain’s Kiko Martinez (32-5-0, 24 KOs) at the Manchester Arena, Manchester, Greater Manchester in England on July 18, the same date Donaire makes his second comeback fight since losing to Nicholas Walters of Jamaica last year.

The 26-year-old British fighter is defending his WBA super bantamweight title for the sixth time after beating Rendall Munroe via TKO in 2012.

Quigg is confident he will beat Martinez, who lost his IBF bantamweight title against Carl Frampton via a unanimous decision last year.

“I hope he’s underestimated my nasty side – I’m ready for whatever he brings and I want to hurt him,” said Quigg.

“He’s all out, brings a lot of ferocity and pressure. But I’ll handle it no problem. There’s no way he’s leaving Manchester with that belt. He’s leaving with another loss,” he added.

Quigg’s handlers have been in serious talks about a possible Quigg-Fampton title fight this year but they could not agree on the terms of the contract.

Quigg’s trainer Joe Gallagher is more interested in a Donaire fight than a title match against Carl Frampton because of his past experience in dealing with Frampton’s handlers.

“They can dress it up all they want but Frampton was offered £1.5m. That’s a very good offer and more money than some of Floyd Mayweather Jr’s opponents get,” Gallagher said

“It’s all roads leading to Donaire. That’s a huge fight and a name that Quigg is crying out for,” he added.

While Quigg is unbeaten in his eight-year pro career, he could find Martinez a tough competitor. Aside from being a former IBF titlist, the veteran Spanish fighter has a total of 37 pro fights to his credit.

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