Two weeks after his super bantamweight rival Carl Frampton raised his ranking with a second-round stoppage of Hugo Cazares, Scott Quigg fights for the first time in 2014 against the longtime South African pro Tshifhiwa Munyai on Saturday at Phones 4u Arena in Manchester.
Quigg was originally supposed to fight Nehomar Cermeno of Venezuela, but Cermeno had visa problems and Munyai was announced as the replacement around a week ago.
Whereas Cermeno—34 with five defeats—was almost certainly past his best, Munyai, aged 28, is a younger, fresher and possibly more ambitious opponent.
Munyai has boxed six times in the UK but not since 2008. He ended the unbeaten records of Martin Power and Lee Haskins fighting at bantamweight before being upset in an eight-rounder against Osumanu Akaba.
Quigg, 25, enters with more fights on his record of 27 wins and two draws. By comparison Munyai's resume is 24 wins, one draw and two defeats, but he has actually boxed considerably more rounds—181 compared to Quigg's 128.
The fight is advertised as a world-title bout because Quigg has the secondary WBA belt. Cuban champion Guillermo Rigondeaux holds the main WBA belt, and a shock win for Munyai would put him in the frame to fight Rigondeaux, an opponent Quigg is unlikely to want to face, at least in the short term.
Here are five key questions going into the fight.