Former WBA super-bantamweight world champion Scott Quigg has split from long-term trainer Joe Gallagher. Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn broke the news yesterday, that Quigg was relocating to Los Angeles to join the hall of fame trainer Freddie Roach at his Wild Card gym. Hearn told Sky Sports that the pair had parted on amicable terms. After six years on one world title with Gallagher, Quigg feels he needs a new challenge and fresh ideas.
“After six years of working together, I announce my departure from Joe Gallagher,” said Quigg. “We have been a great team and achieved a lot and had some great wins together.
“I have moved up to featherweight with the goal of becoming a two-weight world champion and believe I need a fresh challenge to help me grow.
“Over the last few weeks, I’ve been in America training, and I’m delighted to announce I will be basing myself in Los Angeles at the Wild Card gym working under the guidance of Freddie Roach.
“This is an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up, and I believe this move and change will take me to another level. I’d like to thank Joe for everything he has done for me; he is a tremendous coach and friend, which we will remain.
“Our first fight together was for the British title and I went on to become world champion under his guidance and for that I will be forever grateful. I wish Joe and all the lads every success in the future.”
Quigg returned to the ring in December, following surgery on a broken jaw suffered in his super-bantamweight unification fight defeat against Carl Frampton. Quigg stopped Mexican Jose Cayetano in his first fight at Featherweight, as he looks to become a two-weight world champion. Now based in Los Angeles, Quigg will train alongside Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto at the Wild Card Gym. Quigg is desperate for a rematch at the new weight with Frampton. However, he may have to wait as Frampton looks set to fight Leo Santa Cruz for the third time in Belfast. Eddie Hearn hopes to have Quigg on the undercard, for the Anthony Joshua Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium.
By Phill Barrs