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Scott Quigg vs. Nehomar Cermeno in 12 more days on April 19th

quigg43By Scott Gilfoid: WBA World super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (27-0-2, 20 KO’s) will be making his second defense of his WBA 122lb title 12 days from now against #1 WBA Nehomar Cermeno (22-5-1, 13 KO’s) on April 19th at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.

This is a fight that reminds me a lot of the recent Carl Frampton vs. Hugo Cazares matchup, mainly because Cermeno isn’t ranked in the top 15 by any of the other sanctioning bodies at this time, and he doesn’t seem to deserve to be ranked No.1 by the WBA based on what he’s done in the last 4 years. I mean, if losing 5 out of your last 9 fights is what it takes to get you a No.1 ranking by the WBA, then that’s a sad statement for that particular sanctioning body.

Cermeno has won only 3 fights in the past 4 years, while losing 5 and fighting to a draw in another. His record since 2010 stands at 3-5-1 since 2010, and I’m still not sure what the WBA was thinking in giving him the No.1 ranking. The WBC did the same thing in ranking Cazares at No.1 with no other sanctioning body agreeing with that lofty ranking.

Cermeno has won his last two fights against Eduardo Garcia and Oscar Escandon, but those aren’t exactly household names, are they? Cermeno has been beaten by Alexander Bakhtin, Fernando Montiel. Victor Terrazas, and Anselmo Moreno (twice) since 2010.

The WBA has two champions [Guillermo Rigondeaux and Quigg] at 122. I’d like to see Quigg step up a couple of levels and agree to face Rigondeaux, because the Cuban champion would like nothing better than to face Quigg followed by Frampton so that he could get some interesting opponents. Heck, I could see Rigondeaux beating both Frampton and Quigg on the same night, and do it with ease. However, it’s unlikely that Quigg will willingly volunteer to face a talent like Rigondeaux unless the WBA orders the fight, and even then, I’m not so certain he’d take it.

In his last fight, Quigg defeated Diego Oscar Silva by a 2nd round TKO last November. In his fight before that, Quigg fought to a 12 round draw against Yohandris Salinas. It’s interesting that Quigg didn’t fight Salinas a second time to try and clear up the controversy surrounding that fight.

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