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.

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.


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