Scott Quigg vs. Tshifhiwa Munyai on April 19th at the Manchester Arena

By Boxing News - 04/11/2014 - Comments

quigg4334By Scott Gilfoid: WBA World super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (27-0-2, 20 KO’s) has a new opponent for his April 19th title defense at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. Quigg, 25, was supposed to be fighting Nehomar Cermeno, but he couldn’t take the fight due to him having visa issues that got in the way of him being able to travel to the UK to take the fight. So instead of Quigg facing Cermeno, he’ll get a downgrade to #10 WBA Tshifhiwa Munyai (24-2-1, 12 KO’s).

It pretty much amounts to the same thing for Quigg. Cermeno was someone who had lost 5 out of his last 9 fights. Munyai has lost 2 out of his last 10 fight, but against far lesser talented opposition. Munyai, 28, has losses to Christian Esquivel and Osumanu Akaba. He’s not beaten any notable contenders during his career, and that’s not a good sign.

Quigg is one of the two WBA super bantamweight champions. The other champion is Guillermo Rigondeaux, who is arguably much, much better than Quigg can ever hope to be. Rigondeaux would like to fight Quigg, but this far we’ve not seen any movement on Quigg’s handler’s part to make that fight a reality. Sooner or later Quigg will need to fight Rigondeux once the World Boxing Association gets around to ordering that fight. For Quigg’s sake, he should hope that it doesn’t happen for a long time until Rigondeaux is too old to beat him. Right now it wouldn’t be much of a fight due to Rigondeaux’s huge talent advantage, as well as experience advantage.

It’s interesting that Quigg’s promoter found the fringe contender Munyai for him to fight instead of someone dangerous like Wilfredo Vasquez Jr., Victor Terrazaz, Jeffery Mathebula or Yoandris Salinas.

Quigg defeated Diego Oscar Silva by a 2nd round TKO last November. Before that, Quigg fought to a controversial 12 round draw against Yoandris Salinas last October. I had Salinas winning that fight by 4 rounds, but the judges scored it a draw. The fight took place in London, UK.

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