Quigg and Joshua win in three, Crolla fight ends in stalemate
Scott Quigg sent a message to new IBF super-bantamweight title holder Carl Frampton on Saturday night as the Manchester puncher successfully defended his WBA version against Stephane Jamoye.
In a tidy battle whilst it lasted, Quigg, 25, had the superior strength, and as Jamoye wrongly engaged with the undefeated champion, the writing was on the wall for the challenger. Several heavy punches from head to body softened predominant bantamweight Jamoye up in the second, until a massive right to the solar plexus put the Belgian on the canvas and referee Terry O’Connor had seen enough.
Quigg could now move on to a huge unification with Frampton at some point in the first half of 2015 in what would have all the makings of a classic if both sides can thrash out a deal in the coming months.
In the co-feature, heavyweight contender Anthony Joshua made it eight wins from eight – all by stoppage, when the Olympic champion took out German veteran Konstantin Airich in three rounds.
Joshua looked patiently for his openings as Airich took the Londoner past the second session for the first time in his career, but eventually the superior power told and the 24 year-old got the job done in the next round.
Also on the bill, Anthony Crolla’s dress rehearsal for a potential world title challenge didn’t end the way he would have liked as a clash of heads with Gamaliel Diaz halted the fight at the end of the third.
The 27 year-old was just warming into the contest when the accidental headbutt occurred and ultimately left the ring disappointed with the outcome. Promoter Eddie Hearn still hopes to secure a world title shot for Crolla for his next fight though as Diaz heads back to Mexico with a draw.
In other eye-catching results, Sam Eggington stopped Denton Vassell in eight rounds of an entertaining contest, whilst Scotty Cardle impressed with a first round blow out of Kirk Goodings.
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