Scott Quigg's WBA "regular" title was a paper championship coming into today's fight against Yoandris Salinas, and Quigg wasn't shy about saying as much, hoping that a big performance against the Cuban would solidify him as a more legitimate champion, ignoring of course that the WBA already has a super bantamweight champ in Guillermo Rigondeaux.
But though most observers felt that Quigg pulled the fight out during the championship rounds and really in the second half of the fight overall, he had to settle for a majority draw on scores of 115-113, 114-114, and 114-114. BLH had it 115-113 for Quigg, which is also what Sky Sports' Jim Watt scored the fight.
Salinas (20-0-2, 13 KO) controlled a lot of the early rounds with a poking little jab, sharp in form but with very little stank on it, outboxing Quigg with his reach. I had him up 5-2 after seven rounds, but then Quigg (26-0-2, 19 KO) stepped on the gas and was able to outfight and bang away at Salinas as the fight wore on. I gave Quigg the last five rounds, and felt he deserved the fight something like 7-5 or 8-4. But two of the judges saw it dead even, and that's just how it played out in this one.
Unlike some other recent questionable calls we've seen recently, this one really did feel more like Salinas was simply fortunate than Quigg was screwed or robbed. There was an argument for a 6-6 scorecard for sure, and Quigg just got a bit unlucky that two judges saw it that way. But he looked really good as the fight progressed, and all in all, he should feel comfortable considering his belt at least more legit after today than it was before. He remains a notable contender at 122 pounds.