Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe will fight on June 16 in Manchester. (Photos via HattonBoxing.com)
Top British super bantamweights Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe will meet on June 16 in Manchester, with the interim WBA title on the line.
Ricky Hatton, who promotes both fighters, had this to say in a video at HattonBoxing.com, where he addressed the UK's other top 122-pounder, Carl Frampton:
"I think Rendall Munroe, Scott Quigg, the two best in the division, with Carl Frampton waiting in the wings, is an exciting time for British boxing. ... Ideally the winner of (Quigg-Monroe), I would like him to fight Carl Frampton. ... It's up to us promoters to get it on. ... Carl's not ranked in the world rankings yet. His ability is -- I'm a big fan. ... He's a hugely exciting prospect. He's ranked No. 3 in Britain, but nowhere in the world rankings."
Frampton is promoted by Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing, who recently worked with Hatton Promotions on the Kell Brook-Matthew Hatton fight in Sheffield, which was a big success at the gate.
Quigg (24-0, 17 KO) recently overcame a tougher than expected challenger from Jamie Arthur, climbing off the canvas in the fourth round and rallying to overwhelm Arthur offensively, stopping him with a bit of an early hook from the referee in round eight.
Munroe (24-2, 10 KO) fought on the same card, stopping overmatched Jose Saez in 2:50. It was the third straight win for Munroe following his loss to Toshiaki Nishioka in October 2010, none of which have been, quite frankly, particularly impressive. But Munroe, 31, is certainly more than just a tough proposition for Quigg, 23. Quigg has had an impressive rise, but "The Boxing Bin Man" would be his best opponent to date by far, and it's a really stern challenge for Quigg at this point in his career. A win helps to erase any unease anyone might have about his performance against Arthur, which was rocky but I thought ultimately pretty strong. He got knocked down, but he came back and really poured it on after that.
Frampton (13-0, 9 KO) will be waiting in the wings barring any upset losses. It really is a special time at 122 pounds for UK boxing right now, with three quality fighters in business, and the potential for Kid Galahad (11-0, 4 KO) to join them soon.