|Quigg homes in on Reid’s body on his way to 9th rnd win|
Scott Quigg kept his title dreams alive on Friday night stopping Gavin Reid in what was an eliminator for the British super-bantamweight title.
Bury’s, 21-year-old, star turn stopped Reid with a slick devastating combination of lefts to body and head at the Bolton Arena, to edge closer to a shot at Jason Booth’s Lonsdale belt.
The fight started off with both boxers some-what tentative to engage, and a feeling out process was in order as both found themselves out of range when looking to initiate their attacks, with Quigg guilty of leaning in with the shots at times.
Quigg had hoped the clash would be for the English title, but when it emerged that Reid who actually was born in Aberdeen and had already contested the Scottish title, it meant that the belt had to be taken off the table.
Reid was as up for the fight as Quigg in the early stages of the clash, and although Quigg was looking in control, Reid was also landing his own good punches to head and body, which were keeping Quigg occupied defensively with his good skills.
The smart work began to prevail for Quigg and by the midway point of the fight began to plant his feet more, catching Reid coming in with cunning shots. The Redcar man was running out of ideas now and looking a little one dimensional, as Quigg took control, cutting Reid over his right eye in the 7th round.
|Quigg ready for action with trainer Brian Hughes looking on|
It almost took Quigg half of the fight to really get into his slick rhythm, having never gone beyond six rounds previous, and did he get into a flow! Quigg was a pleasure to watch with his effortless free flowing punches, and the confidence he seemed to get from passing round 6 and still feeling fit and fresh, seemed to kick in has he began to up the pace.
Reid’s fate began to look imminent as his stamina wained and with a good left hook in the 8th that failed to move Quigg, the time had come for Reid’s taking and Quigg gladly obliged.
Quigg started the ninth like it was the first round and jumped on Reid, it all seemed to just click for the Bury crowd pleaser and his finishing attack which got Reid out of there shown glimpses of what a real prospect Quigg is.
Snapping Reid’s head back with some fast jabs and over hand rights, hurtful ripping body shots, a sickening uppercut and triple left hook, which saw referee Howard Foster jumping in to save Reid from his his own brave stand and any further punishment at 1 minute and 20 seconds of the ninth round, to cap a very impressive and mature display from Quigg, who now with a record of 19-0 looks ready to take his British title leap.
|Quigg as his arm raised by Ref Howard Foster after 9th rnd stoppage|
The current British super-bantamweight title is held by Jason Booth. However Booth is in waiting to challenge IBF king Steve Molitor for the world title in September, Quigg however could well be fighting for the vacant British crown in the Autumn, should Booth vacate it as expected.
By Chris Maylett