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Frampton Bests Quigg in All-British Unification Bout

Photos: Matchroom Boxing

Photos: Matchroom Boxing

The level of hype in the United Kingdom for the WBA/IBF super bantamweight unification match between Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) and Scott Quigg (31-1-2, 23 KOs) was off the charts. And while it wasn’t a classic war, Carl Frampton managed to pass the gut check and notched a split decision victory (116-112, 116-112, 113-115) due in part to securing a number of the early rounds from a hesitant Quigg, who failed to open up until later in the fight. Alas, Quigg’s activity in the later rounds did save the bout from becoming a disappointment after so much pre-fight ballyhoo.

Both men walked into the Manchester Arena with respective roars from an apparently divided sold-out crowd who were ready for the rare all-British title unification clash. The deafening crowd noise did not appear to faze either men, who put in a very mundane and workmanlike first few rounds. Frampton was content to control space for the first several rounds and pick off Quigg with jabs and the odd combination. Quigg appeared tightly wound for much of the first half of the fight and was largely unable to land anything of substance on Frampton. Frankly, it made for dreadful television.

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Thankfully, the fight did come alive in the 7th when Quigg’s apparent rust eased and he began applying pressure to Frampton. Quigg found a home for his right hand and landed some notable body shots that appeared to faze Frampton. Quigg controlled the action largely from the 7th through the 9th round. Sensing that the tide was potentially turning, Frampton began to dig in for the 10th round and started to plant his body in the front of Quigg for some quality back-and-forth action that broke the relative malaise of the fight. Quigg was landing the harder punches, but Frampton’s adept body movement appeared to block most of the harder blows and Frampton made a good account of himself in close quarters.

In the 11th round, Quigg doubled down on this strategy coming straight for Frampton, who was largely unable to hurt Quigg throughout the fight. Frampton fought back against this aggression, but there appeared to be several instances where Quigg fazed Frampton with his right hands.

The 12th round loomed as a potentially pivotal round. Many observers had felt that Frampton secured enough early rounds to notch the decision, but there was uncertainty. Alas, Frampton passed the gut check. Quigg’s aggression waned – perhaps tired after a gallant late fight surge – and Frampton’s superior footwork and boxing skills prevailed en route to a deserved decision.

3MoreRounds scored the fight 116-112 for Frampton.

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