British super bantamweight champ Scott Quigg didn't have the easiest time tonight against rugged veteran Jamie Arthur, but retained his title and kept his undefeated record with a bruising eighth-round stoppage of the gritty challenger.
Quigg (24-0, 17 KO) was put on the canvas in the fourth round, the result of a left hook he just didn't see coming in. Whether it was overconfidence in his own ability, underestimation of Arthur's ability and power, or just something that happened, Quigg found himself facing real adversity. And then he rallied.
After the knockdown, the fight was pretty much all Quigg, as the talent 23-year-old prospect started to dig away at Arthur in the coming rounds. In the sixth and seventh rounds, he really poured on the pressure and did a serious number on Arthur (18-6, 4 KO), which led to the eighth round stoppage by referee Mark Green on a body shot. Arthur did not go down, but did turn his back and didn't much protest the stoppage, even though it did appear to be a quick hook at first.
This may drop Quigg's stock just a hair, but that's not the worst thing in the world. He showed his own toughness, came back, and stopped a fighter who had come guns blazing to win this fight against all odds. We've seen that before, when George Groves rallied to stop Kenny Anderson back in November 2010. Things have turned out alright for Groves since that time.
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