This is my toughest test: Scott Quigg takes on Japanese champion Hidenori Otake as he prepares for super fight with …

Scott Quigg is preparing for the ‘toughest test’ of his career against Hidenori Otake.

The WBA super bantamweight champion will make the fifth defence of his title against the 33-year-old from Japan at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on November 22.

Quigg, from Bury, had to hastily rearrange his plans after original opponent Shingo Wake was forced to pull out with an ankle injury.

But the 26-year-old believes Japanese champion Otake poses a genuine challenge to his undefeated record and hopes of securing world title unification clashes in 2015.

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He said: “I can’t wait to defend my world title on a huge night for British boxing.

“Otake represents the toughest fight of my career and I’m working hard to put in a scintillating performance.

“He is highly ranked and highly respected with an exciting style.”

Otake is ranked number three by the IBF and has made four successful defences of his Japanese belt.

Quigg is targeting unification fights with Carl Frampton, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Leo Santa Cruz over the next 12 months.

British champion Kid Galahad had attempted to secure a fight with him before the end of the year, with promoter Mick Hennessy offering £400,000 to stage the contest in Dubai in December.

But with Quigg already committed to the undercard of Nathan Cleverly’s clash with Tony Bellew it meant that fight had to be shelved.

Eight of Quigg’s last 10 fights have ended in stoppage, and he is determined to enhance his reputation as one of the sport’s most devastating finishers against Otake.

He said: “I’m on a big run of KO’s and I don’t intend on stopping.”

Quigg’s stablemates at Joe Gallagher’s gym Callum and Stephen Smith are also in action on the night. Undefeated Callum faces Nikola Sjekloca in a WBC World title eliminator.

And Anthony Joshua defends his WBC International heavyweight title against Michael Sprott in an eliminator for the British title.

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