Lets get one thing right, boxers are a different breed to the average ombre. To step in a ring to face another trained, fit human being throwing punches at you, takes some doing. Add to that all the people you know and respect watching you at ringside, your grand-parents, parents, wife, girlfriend, their friends, your friends, maybe your children, (husband, boyfriend) everyone with their heart in their mouths and you, alone, the subject of everyone’s angst, whilst trying to keep your pride and jaw intact, ultimately fighting for your life in the glare of all that matters to you. Add to that another 20,000 plus, thirsty fight fans and officials in attendance and the millions watching around the world! Now that is pressure!
Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg entered that foresaid pressure cooker last Saturday night and found the nerve and courage to see it through to the end. Frampton (22-0, 14KOs) emerged the winner of a fight, that had been built up that much prior, we were expecting to see GBH administered one way or another, whichever side you were on. What entailed was in fact was a tactical counter punching affair, both stuck to their game plan to the letter, never giving the other a sniff of a substantial shot for the 12 rounds it lasted. Result? A fight to forget, but a night to remember.
That was a special night. We did it! pic.twitter.com/m3C6GvfOwU
— Carl Frampton (@RealCFrampton) February 28, 2016
The boxing philosophy, or strap line is, BOXING = ‘To hit and not be hit’ – Frampton and Quigg pulled that philosophy off, but just a bit too good! They neutralised each other, it was a clash of styles that didn’t gel and who would have thought that before hand. It became a tactical battle of wits and Frampton’s game plan prevailed.
They were both timorous to make a mistake and the fight was labelled boring, yes it was, but the people should never bring a pugilists heart and courage into question, never, especially a world champion, he has suffered untold woes to get where he is and to that massive stage.
Quit fought most of the fight with a broken jaw!
It has since come to light that Quigg (31-1-2, 23KOs) suffered a broken jaw, apparently in the fourth round, that would account for giving his chin 100% coverage in the early rounds behind his tight guarded defence, resulting in very little punch output. Quigg eventually opened up and began to leave himself unguarded at times around the whiskers as he looked to claw his way back on the judges scorecards, he and his coach Joe Gallagher knew they were behind and he needed a strong finish. Quigg managed to complete another eight rounds with a broken jaw and came on stronger as the fight went on! Even for a professional boxer that is beyond the call of duty, be it for adrenaline, the pain would have been unbearable and he hasn’t since used that as an excuse for losing.
Quigg, after the fight was admitted to hospital and underwent an operation to have his mandible re-attached to his skull. He says he is very sore but will be back in the ring soon. His pride at the moment is more broken than his jaw was, but that will not be fixed in theatre anytime soon.
Very sore but a very successful operation..can’t thank you enough for all the support. I will be back soon ???? pic.twitter.com/xaUESY6YRR
— Scott Quigg (@scottquigg) February 28, 2016
Quigg is a winner and a student of boxing, it is his life, he knows the game and he will know that mentally it can take a boxer some time to get his confidence back, to test his chin again in sparring and in the heat of battle. He will learn from the experience, except the loss and if anyone is capable of making a dramatic resurgence and blasting himself back into respectable contention, it is the single minded Bury man, and we have no doubt he will.
The win for Frampton proved he is a stellar performer a deserving world champion with the potential and platform to be become one of the biggest and best names in the sport. He proved again that his boxing skills and ring savy is under estimated, and although the fight didn’t live up to expectations, the Belfast child proved the better man on the night and did enough of a job to win the fight comfortably.
— Visit Belfast (@VisitBelfast) February 27, 2016
Frampton has many big fights in the wings!
‘The Jackal’ is now in a wonderful position and is destined for some mega unification fights against the elite, including Cuban and No1 super-bantamweight in the world Guillermo Rigondeaux, (16-0, 10KOs) also nicknamed the ‘Jackal’ – Other options for Frampton could be a showdown with unbeaten California based Mexican Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18KOs) Frampton sent a tweet out offering the boxer they call ‘El Terremoto’ a three weight world champion and currently residing in the featherweight division, a fight. If Frampton decided to make the jump up in weight to face Cruz then there is the real possibility of a UK super fight at the weight against IBF featherweight champion from Barry in Wales Lee Selby, (22-1, 8KOs) and that is a fresh fight that would capture the imagination!
Frampton carried himself with great pose and confidence, before during and after the fight with Quigg. He has the aura of a man of great belief and happy with his lot, he is the iron fist of Belfast, who touches his nation with a open glove of humility and he represents his kin folk impeccably, he bears that pressure on his stout Irish shoulders with solidity and is a great ambassador for his people. His popularity was reflected in the amount of fans who travelled across the Irish sea and descended on the Manchester arena to support him in their droves to help create a magical atmosphere in Manchester, a city already renowned for it’s boxing heritage.
Thanks for sharing the ring with me @scottquigg and I wish you well in recovery. All the best mate
— Carl Frampton (@RealCFrampton) February 28, 2016
A rematch between Frampton and Quigg is a long way off, it isn’t a deal the fight fraternity would accept as a whole at the moment. That scenario is down the line, subject to Quigg coming back well and regaining a version of a world title or becoming mandatory for Frampton’s straps, then a rematch with different tactics (after the fall out from the last fight, they wouldn’t dare employ the same methods!) could become appealing, we would surely have a much different fight second time around.
For now, Quigg must re-build, Frampton moves on, but expect their paths to cross again somewhere down the line.
LISTEN: To the immediate Reaction to Carl Frampton beating Scott Quigg via a split decision in Manchester to add the WBA super-bantamweight title to the IBF title he already owned. Mike Costello, Tony Bellew & Richie Woodhall give their thoughts and speak to Frampton, his manager Barry McGuigan and boxing promoter Eddie Hearn. Click the play button above.