Even though British boxing fans might be disappointed with the results of Ricky Hatton’s comeback (he was stopped during the ninth round of his encounter against Vyacheslav Senchencko), another Brit did give them some cause for celebration.
Interim WBA super bantamweight champion, Scott Quigg (25-0-1, 18 KOs), had arguably his best performance so far as a professional boxer, stopping Rendall Munroe (24-3-1, 18 KOs) during the sixth round of their Nov. 24 title clash.
Both men squared up earlier in the year, but an accidental head butt brought the fight to an early end, resulting in a technical draw. The rematch was held at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, U.K., on the undercard of the Hatton vs. Senchenko bout.
After a slow start, Quigg established himself as the superior fighter, consistently landing vicious body shots on Munroe. The cumulative effect of Quigg’s constant assault on Munroe’s body paid off in the sixth round, as he finished off the veteran with a nasty left hook to the body, forcing him to take a knee.
To his credit, Munroe got up for more, but Quigg quickly jumped all over him. A few more hard shots to the body, and Munroe went back on his knee, prompting referee Terry O’Connor to save him from further punishment.
“It was a good performance,” Quigg said shortly after the fight. “No one’s ever done that to Rendall Munroe, so the performance speaks for itself. … I showed I got the power, because no one has even come close to doing what I did. It speaks for itself the performance.”
With the win, Quigg solidified his status as a prospect that should be taken seriously, and his future in the sport looks bright. Given the fact undefeated Carl Frampton is currently the top ranked super bantamweight in the U.K. (Quigg is ranked second, while Munroe was ranked third going into their bout), a fight between the two rising British stars seems inevitable.
A Quigg vs. Frampton bout should be an entertaining affair, and the winner will probably go on to do big things on the world stage.