Jono Carroll defeats John Quigley in barnstorming Belfast battle
Jono Carroll took the super-featherweight spoils in a classic encounter with Johnny Quigley that’s a definite contender for UK Fight of the Year.
The fight ebbed and flowed throughout, with the styles of the two competitors gelling from the off, resulting in split decision drama at the climax.
In the end, Carroll’s two knockdowns in the second round proved to be the deciding factor as two judges carded 115-111 in his favor, with the other seeing it 114-113 to Quigley.
A rematch is already on everyone’s lips as Carrroll admitted afterwards he was expecting a tough twelve rounder with Quigley.
“I was surprised he went down two times because he’s tough. I knew it was gonna be a hard 12 rounds,” Carroll told BoxNation following his fringe IBF title win.
“I have the belt now. If he wants a rematch, maybe we can do that. But I said before this is a stepping stone for me,” he added.
Also on the bill, hard-hitting super-welterweight Lewis Crocker blasted out Radoslav Mitev when the Bulgarian failed to beat the count following a crushing head shot in the second round, whilst Sean McGlinchey out-pointed Dan Blackwell 40-36 over four rounds. Both are now 2-0 in the pro ranks.
David Joyce made a successful pro debut at lightweight when stopping Gabor Kovacs in two rounds, whilst heavyweight Alex Dickinson did likewise when taking out Ferenc Zsalek in three.