Scott Quigg successfully defended his WBA world super-bantamweight title in style on Saturday night against Stephane Jamoye at the Phones4U in Manchester, to keep on course for the mega showdown’s being lined up for him against the best of the best in his division.
It was the 4th successful defence of the title Quigg won in 2012 and in doing so improved his record to 29-0-2, 22 KOs and stated his claim has one of the most dangerous super-bantamweights in the world.
Quigg, looked calm and composed has he manoeuvred into range and let his shots go with spite. Jamoye a game competitor and with skills and a toughness to cause any fighter problems, was soon looking like a rabbit caught in the headlights as Quigg systematically broke him down before administering the rib crunching body shot that brought the finish to the fight in the 3rd round.
The Bury boxer promised he would look to fell the Belgium with a body shot and it was obvious early he was intent on attacking Jamoyes ribs and mid-section with mean intent. The right hook to the body that ended the contest was text book and Jamoye was unable to recover and the fight was called off, with Quigg sending the perfect message to Belfast rival Carl Frampton.
Quigg and Frampton, the IBF world champion are destined to meet in a 122lb domestic unification grudge match that has boxing fans and experts split.
Quigg started the fight calm and composed, he was sharp and walked his opponent down behind a tight high defence, cutting off the ring with classy judgements of space and timing and Jamoye a former European bantamweight champion looked in for an hard nights work from the beginning
Jamoye looked the establish a jab early and was brave enough to lead with some right and left uppercuts and tried to dig Quigg’s body but the champion looked unfazed and responded by out jabbing Jamoye and giving him back the uppercuts and body shots with hurtful interest.
The Belgium had a better 2nd round, he opened it with his own right to the body and followed that up with some weighty combinations, most hit the arms and gloves of Quigg, who never took his eye off his opponent. In fact Quigg hadn’t stopped staring into Jamoye’s eyes from the moment he stepped in the ring.
Quigg was having to do a bit more adjusting in the second, Jamoye let loose, he had upped the pace and a nice right uppercut knocked Quiggs head back, body shots were plenty from both men and it looked like a case of who landed down there first. Both started to trade body blows at close quarters and the fight pace upped, Quigg smiled, he sensed his territory and ended the round backing Jamoye up, in hindsight it was the start of the end for the challenger.
The third round and Quigg began to put protein into his punches, he started to club Jamoye hard and the end looked nigh, a look of defeat had appeared on the Belgium’s face and Quigg stepped in for the kill. He softened him up with another accurate combo, before delivering the fights honey punch, the right underneath Jamoye’s left rib cage and the night was Quigg’s.
It wasnt quite the night that lightweight Anthony Crolla (28-4-1, 11 KOs) was expecting when he took on and former world champion Gamaliel Diaz (38-11-3, 17 KOs) in a keep busy fight while he awaits his own world title opportunity. It was another chance for ‘Million Dollar’ to shine in front of his Manchester fans who had seen him put on a mater class against John Murray in April.
The fight ended before it had really begun at the end of the third round via technical draw after an accidental clash of heads left Diaz with a cut over the right eye. It was a real shame, the fight looked like it could turn into a good technical fight and Crolla was hoping to get some good rounds under his belt.
Crolla looked absolutely gutted the way the fight ended, he didn’t deserve to have a draw bestowed on his record. In all honesty Diaz should have continued, did he have a cuts man? The cut surely should have had some work done on it and see how it held up, this is a former world champion! Diaz found a way to get out of the fight and took it. Crolla awaits good news! Read more on Crolla fight here…
Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (8-0, 8 KOs) was pushed to the third round for the first time in his short explosive career but the result mirrored the previous seven wins, seek and destroy! The Olympic Gold medallist knocked veteran Konstantin Airich (21-10-2, 17 KOs) about a bit, softened him up and then let loose with an impressive fast barrage of punches that had Airich reeling and the fight was over at 1:16 of round 3.
Next up for Joshua is veteran Russian war horse Denis Bakhtov (38-9, 25 KOs) on October 11, quite a step up for the Watford man in a fight for the vacant WBC International heavyweight title.
The fight of the night was between Welterweights Sam Eggington (12-2, 5 KOs) and Denton Vassell (20-2, 10 KOs). It was a fight that had the crowd on the edge of their seats and one that ended with Eggington winning via an 8th round TKO at 2:36 of the round. Egginton was very impressive and could be the welterweight wildcard that really shakes up the domestic 10st division.
After the fight Eggington said he was wary going in with Vassell because he had once been dropped by the Mancunian tough man in sparring. An honest lad with a bright future. Vassell was hurt early in the fight and did well to come back into it mid way. But Egginton looked like he was content to walk through walls and his determination and balls to trade with the uncompromising Vassell was first class.
It is unsure where Vassell goes from here, this was his second loss on the trot after being pulled out of his last fight when challenging Frankie Gavin for the British title. The bout with Gavin was halted, following a doctors inspection at the end of the 7th round, with Vassell having suffered a damaged jaw.
Egginton just 20 years old, said after the fight if he was offered a crack at Gavin’s Lonsdale belt he would jump at the chance, this was a title eliminator, he deserves his shot!
Manchester light-middleweight prospect Jimmy Kelly Jr. didn’t have to exert himself too much to take care of late replacement Jason McCardle. The fight was originally schedule for 8 rounds but was cut to 4 to accomodate the live TV coverage and ‘Kilrain’ outpointed his man with ease and rarly got out of first gear, taking the refs decision 40-36
Kelly, 22, a top amateur, is trained by Ensley Bingham and Maurice Core at the Champs Camp gym in Manchester. He is an ultimately dedicated professional now, lives and breaths the sport and could be knocking on the door of a British title shot this time next year.
Cruiserweight Jack Massey was very impressive in his handling of Moses Matovu over 4-rounds, winning every round. The Bobby Rimmer trained prospect is skilful and possesses ring generalship beyond his experience.
Massey, 21, from Chapel-en-le-Frith in Derbyshire turned professional last year after winning the ABA Elite Senior Championships and looks like a fighter with plenty of promise. 40-35
Another cruiserweight looking to learn his trade on the big stage of the Manchester Arena was Moss Side’s Sam Hyde. The Champs Camp trained prospect having his 3rd outing was stepped up in class early against Cardiff’s Wayne Brooks and had to settle for a draw after 4 rounds close rounds.
Hyde looked like he had nicked the fight but in the end had to settle for a stale mate scored 38-38 by the referee. Hyde will go back the gym and learn from the experience, he has another fight lined up for October 3rd in Queensferry (opponent TBC)
Scott Cardle (16-0, 4 KOs) wasted no time in ending a fight that on paper looked 50/50 and had split opinion.
On paper there appeared nothing to seperate these two prospects but the Joe Gallagher trained Cardle came out of the traps hungry and visous and ended the fight in quick fashion with a 1st round blow-out to take Gooding’s (11-2, 3 KOs) English lightweight title.
It was a short right peach of an uppercut in an early exchange that did the initial damage and Cardle then pounced on his wounded foe to finish the job at just 46 seconds of the opening round.
The fight also doubled as a British title eliminator and Cardle, 24, is now the mandatory challenger for Terry Flanagan’s Lonsdale belt.
In a shocker result super-bantamweight prospect Liam Hanrahan (8-1, 5 KOs), was knocked out by journeyman import Krzystof Rogowski (8-9, 2 KOs) in three rounds despite the Macclefield youngter dropping the Pole in the first round of a schedule 6 rounder. It looked like Hanrahan was on his way to a routine early career win but was countered with a big shot has he let his own go. It was one of them who lands first and Rogowski’s shot landed right on the chin and finished Hanrahan off. He will now go back to the drawing board and look to learn and re-build from here.
Unbeaten light heavyweight, Hosea Burton stopped Tzvetozar Iliev in the 4th and final round to take his unbeaten record to 10-0, 3 KOs.
There was a good debut for welterweight, Marcus Morrison who opened his professional career with a 1st round victory over Csaba Torma (11-22, 7 KOs).