Scott Quigg scored the best win of his young career with a terrific performance against veteran Rendall Munroe, stopping the former world title challenger in six rounds.
Scott Quigg has been known for a while now as one of the UK's brightest boxing prospects, and after today, he's probably quieted any lingering doubts about his status. Quigg turned in a mature, calculated performance, stopping Rendall Munroe in the sixth round. The official time of the stoppage was 2:37. Bad Left Hook had Quigg up 49-46 at the time of stoppage.
Quigg (25-0-1, 18 KO) erased the memories of a struggle against Jamie Arthur earlier this year with this win, as he was simply the better fighter in the ring, and Munroe (24-3-1, 10 KO) had long reigned as the country's top super bantamweight. The former European champion was a step behind Quigg pretty much the entire fight, and a measured body attack from Quigg kept doing damage.
Finally, in the sixth, a left hook to the body put Munroe down, and though he got up, he immediately tried to protect his body, and it was basically a prayer he had to get his legs back. Quigg stayed on the body, and Munroe went down again, shaking his head. He rose to his feet, but referee Terry O'Connor waved it off at that point.
"It was a good performance. No one's ever done that to Rendall Munroe, so the performance speaks for itself," said Quigg after the fight, adding that their goal was to break down Munroe's engine, and keep him from coming on late, noting that he'd studied Munroe's loss to Toshiaki Nishioka and taken some tactics from that fight.
Quigg was asked about going next to the world title level, and then about domestic rival Carl Frampton, but didn't commit to anything.
"Tonight is my night. I don't need to talk about anybody else," he said. "We'll talk about who comes next or whatever after I enjoy tonight. That's all I've got to say about that."
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