Kiko Martinez out to stop Scott Quigg in Manchester showdown

Scott Quigg (right) on his way to defeating Hidenori Otake
Scott Quigg (right) on his way to defeating Hidenori Otake

Kiko Martinez believes that Scott Quigg’s technique is ‘close to perfection’ – but he’ll take his WBA World Super Bantamweight title by dragging him into a war at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night.

Martinez travels to Manchester in an attempt to become a two-time World champion and he’ll have to end the reign of the unbeaten Bury star who defends the belt for the fifth time and has stopped three of his previous four challengers inside three rounds.

The Spaniard believes that he is the toughest fighter Quigg has faced to date though, and says that while the champion’s mechanics might be superior, he’s questioned if he has the stomach for a brutal 12-round battle.

“Quigg is a very good fighter, technically he is very close to perfection,” said Martinez. “But I think that he is not a great slugger and he has not fought against high level opponents like I have.

“I think that he will try to make a long distance fight, he will look to go to the final round and not change blows with me.

“We have a fight plan for 12 rounds and I will follow it. I win by knockout.”