Scott Quigg called out by former world champion Nonito Donaire
Last Updated: 22/07/15 10:15am
Nonito Donaire would be happy to travel to Manchester to take on WBA super-bantamweight world champion Scott Quigg.
Donaire (35-3-KO23) lost his own super-bantamweight world title to Guillermo Rigondeaux in April 2013 but after losing a WBA Super title to Nicholas Walters up at featherweight, he has dropped back down and recorded a second second-round knockout in a row at the weekend – against Anthony Settoul.
After Quigg demolished former IBF king Kiko Martinez at the Manchester Arena and current IBF champion Carl Frampton recovered from two first-round knockdowns to beat Alejandro Gonzalez Jr, the chances of a unification fight still look slim, with Donaire seemingly likely to be handed the Quigg fight.
The Filipino, 32, told Boxing News: "Unfortunately I haven't seen Scott's fight but I congratulate him for the victory against a really tough opponent.
"I'm very interested in that fight with Quigg. Hopefully we can make that happen. He's an incredible champion and I always want to face the best out there.
"It would be around November/December time by the sounds of it. I'm just focusing on that fight now, committing my mind to it regardless if it does happen or not because I know if it does happen, I'll need to be at 100 per cent.
I'm very interested in that fight with Quigg. Hopefully we can make that happen. He's an incredible champion and I always want to face the best out there.
"I would definitely be willing to travel there [Manchester]. I would love to visit the UK and the area and have a good time at the same time as doing my job. I'll fight anyone, anywhere, just make the fight happen."
On the possibility of facing other super-bantamweight stars, Donaire added: "Definitely Frampton, definitely Rigondeaux and anyone else who's a world champion out there. I'd love to fight them.
"That would be a big fight against Frampton. I'm not choosy about where it is. I'm a warrior and just want to go out there and do my best."
Donaire is a four-weight world champion having won titles at flyweight, bantamweight, super-bantamweight and featherweight.