Thursday 23 March 2017

Triumphant Quigg on collision course with Frampton

BOXING

Scott Quigg after winning his WBA World Super Bantamweight Championship fight against Kiko Martinez at Manchester Arena, Manchester
Scott Quigg after winning his WBA World Super Bantamweight Championship fight against Kiko Martinez at Manchester Arena, Manchester

Scot Quigg retained the WBO world super bantamweight title with a blistering second-round stoppage of Spain's Kiko Martinez in Manchester.

Martinez began the fight on the front foot but England's Quigg came roaring back in the second round, flooring his opponent almost immediately with a superb uppercut.

The fight continued but Quigg sensed he had his man in trouble and waded in with a barrage off both wings.

A vicious right hook sent Martinez to the canvas for the second time in a minute and, though the Spaniard attempted to scramble to his feet, referee Terry O'Connor shook his head and stopped the fight with little hesitation.

Quigg said: "I got him with the punch we've been working on all through camp. It was a peach of an uppercut.

"After that I looked across at Joe (Gallagher, trainer) and just went out to finish it. I probably looked a bit wild, but I was trying to stay as calm as possible."

Promoter Eddie Hearn said: "I'm just pleased Scott will finally get the respect he deserves. His stock's going to keep on rising and obviously the Carl Frampton fight is the one everyone wants."

Meanwhile, Anthony Crolla was frustrated by the judges as his WBA world lightweight title fight against Darleys Perez was ruled a draw.

Crolla appeared to have clinched the belt in a close fight which saw Perez twice docked points for frequent low blows, but the judges were split, with one ruling for each fighter and the third calling it a draw.

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