Former four-weight world champion Nonito Donaire wants to fight Scott Quigg and would be willing to travel to Manchester to do so.
Both men won by second-round stoppage at the weekend, Quigg defending his WBA ‘Regular’ world super-bantamweight title against Kiko Martinez and Donaire despatching of France’s Anthony Settoul in Macau, China.
A fight between the two has been mooted by both sides and Quigg’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, would like to make it in Manchester, where Quigg fought at the weekend, and Donaire is more than happy to make the trip.
“Unfortunately I haven’t seen Scott’s fight but I congratulate him for the victory against a really tough opponent,” he told Boxing News.
“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 fight the best out there.
“It would be around November/October time by the sounds of it. I’m just focusing on that fight now, committing my mind to it regardless if it happens or not because I know that if it does happen I’ll need to be at 100%.
“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. That’s what I’m here for, I’ll fight anyone, anywhere, just make the fight happen.”
While Quigg holds the WBA’s ‘Regular’ strap, Guillermo Rigondeaux holds their ‘Super’ title at 122lbs, and Donaire also wants to avenge the points loss he suffered to the Cuban in 2013.
“I’m still looking for that rematch. I think that needs to happen for me but that’s a step that needs to be taken by my promoter and manager and I’ve told them I’m willing to fight him and I want to do that and be at my best this time,” he said.
When probed on who else he would be willing to face at super-bantamweight should the Quigg fight fall through, Donaire was quick to mention the Bury man’s domestic rival, IBF world champion Carl Frampton.
“Definitely Frampton, definitely Rigondeaux and anyone else who’s a world champion out there, I’d love to fight them,” he said.
“That would be a big fight, against Frampton. I’m not choosy about where it is, I’m a warrior and I just want to go out there and do my best.”