Scott Quigg made a very bold move in his career by leaving long-time and the well-respected trainer, Joe Gallagher.
The Bury boxer had trained under the guidance of Gallagher for six years, winning the WBA super-bantamweight title.
Quigg now trains at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles under trainer, Freddie Roach. Roach has trained some of the biggest names in boxing and is best known for the success he’s achieved with Manny Pacquiao.
Quigg explained the reason behind the decision to leave England and train in America.
He told Ringnews24.com:
“No, not really [hard decision] – I needed a change. I had been with Joe for six years and I had some great nights with him. He improved me a lot as a fighter. I felt as if I had gone a bit stale and I just needed to freshen things up.
“He [former coach, Joe Gallagher] thought the same, it was all amicable. I moved on, I needed that because I needed something new and fresh. “
The 29-year-old believes it’s the best decision he had made in what was a difficult stage in his career.
“It’s the best decision I’ve made. Towards the back end of Joe’s, boxing is all I do and I had falling out of love with it. I knew I needed a change and I moved over to Freddie [Roach], different location, different way of coaching and I can’t get enough of it. I feel like I’m improving and most of all I’m enjoying training again and I’m enjoying boxing. “
Leaving England to train is U.S.A is a challenge alone. Quigg shared the differences that he has noticed.
“The quality of sparring, you get out there day in and day out. The main thing is they’ve got different styles [coaches, Joe Gallagher and Freddie Roach]. All different coaches have different methods. He [Roach] tends to do a lot of pad work and drills and teaches a lot of educational stuff. Both have different ways and styles of coaching, but it’s good to have a different approach to training.”