Boxing can be a fickle business. Before both men boxed on opposite sides of the Atlantic on the same night last month, the odds-makers and a large majority of fight fans favoured IBF 122 lb champion Carl Frampton over his Bury based rival Scott Quigg should their sought after domestic grudge match ever come off.
Frampton survived some early scares in his American debut against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr to battle back for a courageous and deserved points win, while Quigg blew away former (2x) Frampton foe Kiko Martinez inside 2 rounds in Manchester, following perhaps the most shaky 1st round of his entire career. Continue reading
If British boxing fans in particular have resided themselves to the fact that we aren’t going to see an Amir Khan/Kell Brook fight just yet, those very same fans cling to the hope that we may yet still see a bumper super-bantamweight clash between IBF 122 lb boss Carl Frampton and Bury’s WBA (reg) champion Scott Quigg.
The two camps have thus far failed to negotiate a satisfactory deal for the contest, with Eddie Hearn recently and very publicly offering Frampton a flat £1.5 million, that when the financial minutiae had been scrutinized – according to Frampton – seemed to favour Quigg, who doesn’t yet actually hold a “full” world title given the WBA’s ridiculous insistence on having 3 champions per weight class. (Guillermo Rigondeaux is their ‘real’ champion at the weight.) Continue reading
Last Saturday, Northern Ireland’s IBF 122 lb champion Carl Frampton survived two 1st round knockdowns and some early heat in his US debut against Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Jr, only to dig deep, refocus and boss his way back into the fight, eventually claiming the unanimous decision victory.
Immediately following the fight the Tiger’s Bay native and new Al Haymon signing was perhaps overly critical of his performance, with trainer Shane McGuigan even going as far as to suggest that a potential move up to 126 lbs could be on the cards after “The Jackal” struggled more than ever to make the 122 lb limit. Continue reading
Last night in Texas, IBF 122 lb champion Carl Frampton overcame an early scare against Mexico’s Alejandro Gonzalez Jr, surviving two flash knockdowns in the opening stanza, to bully his way back into a hard fought and deserved UD win against a fighter who looked a whole lot better than “the 11th best 122 lb fighter in Mexico” as Matchroom Sport’s Eddie Hearn delightfully splashed over his twitter in acknowledgement of the pre-fight world rankings.
Hearn, who promotes Frampton’s domestic, divisional rival Scott Quigg is certain that following the performance, the Northern Irishman wants no part of his fighter, and cites Frampton’s trainer saying he will possibly move up to featherweight, as a sure sign of that reluctance. Continue reading
WBA (reg) 122 lb champion Scott Quigg despatched his toughest foe to date – Kiko Martinez – in considerable style last night in Manchester, blowing away the Spaniard with what appeared to be consummate ease, setting up some big-money fights against the likes of Nonito Donaire – and God willing for the British fans- Carl Frampton, who survived his own scares in El Paso against tough Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Jr.
Talking to iFLtv immediately following the victory, the Bury man was upbeat about the future, insisting it is those big fights he so desires, against the best of the best, and after last night’s win, he hopes they will be a little easier to come by; Continue reading
Forget Amir Khan-Kell Brook; the best all-British showdown that can be made right now is Carl Frampton-Scott Quigg. And, in light of the respective showings of the two champions last night, this potentially massive showdown has seen a shift in fan opinion.
Go back to when the fight was first spoken about as a sure-fire sizzler, and Frampton had a slight edge to win in the opinion of maybe 60-percent of the fans/experts. Now, with Quigg blowing away Kiko Martinez – the same Martinez who twice went to war with Frampton – it is no longer the Irishman who is the perceived favourite. Frampton’s stock went down a little with his up-from-the-floor battle with a determined and very tough Alejandro Gonzalez Junior, and now Quigg Vs. Frampton looks like a gamble for the Barry McGuigan-managed star. Continue reading
Scott Quigg v Kiko Martinez
Regular WBA World bantamweight champion Scott Quigg, 31-0-2 (23KO’s), laid down a marker the size of the Manchester Arena tonight blasting former World super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez, 32-6 (24KO’s) to pieces inside two rounds, in front of a packed hometown crowd.
Midway through the 2nd round, Quigg took absolutely everything from his Spanish opponent – who seemed to be warming to the task after an encouraging opener – with an enormous right uppercut that dipped his legs and left him laid on the canvas moments later following a further assault from the vicious champion. Continue reading
Regular WBA World super-bantamweight champion Scott Quigg, 30-0-2 (22KO’s), returns to the ring this evening after 8 months out of action to face former IBF World super-bantamweight ruler Kiko Martinez, 32-5 (24KO’s), sharing top billing with gym mate and friend Anthony Crolla.
It’s been a frustrating wait for the self-confessed gym rat, after surgery to rectify tendon tears to his middle and index knuckles on his right hand, alongside the high profile bundling that was the Carl Frampton negotiations forcing a hiatus that has the Bury man chomping at the bit.
In the 29-year old Spaniard, Quigg has been presented with the perfect return opponent. Martinez is respected, at the tail end of his world-class career without being washed up and a useful bargaining chip in any future Frampton talks, should Quigg dispatch of him in empathic fashion. Continue reading
This weekend two of the world’s premium 122 lb fighters go separately into battle after negotiations between their respective camps recently broke down.
Bury’s Scott Quigg will defend his WBA (reg) super bantamweight crown against dangerous Spaniard Kiko Martinez in Manchester, while IBF champ and new Al Haymon signing Carl Frampton heads out to the US for his American debut on CBS against Mexico’s Alejandro Gonzalez Jr.
The all-British clash is arguably the biggest domestic dust-up there is, short of Kell Brook v Amir Khan, and following recent comments from Team Frampton that conveyed their dissatisfaction at the financial minutiae in particular, Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn is seemingly prepared to improve his offer to the Irishman’s team, should both emerge winners this weekend. Continue reading
WBA (reg) super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg knows he will be in for the fight of his life on Saturday night against former IBF 122 lb boss Kiko Martinez in Manchester, topping the Matchroom Sport double world title “High Stakes” card alongside stablemate Anthony Crolla, who challenges for the WBA 135 lb title against Colombian Darleys Perez.
The Joe Gallagher trained Quigg is under no illusions that he will need a career best performance in front of the partisan Manchester crowd, as Spaniard Martinez is a seasoned road warrior, more than used to boxing – and winning – away from home. Continue reading