It was mostly the theater of the expected today in Manchester, England, as Scott Quigg and Anthony Joshua trounced their opponents to stay unbeaten, though Anthony Crolla's fight with Gamaliel Diaz didn't exactly go as hoped.
Quigg improved to 29-0-2 (22 KO) and retained his sham WBA super bantamweight world title with an overpowering TKO-3 win against substitute opponent Stephane Jamoye of Belgium, rocking the physically overmatched Jamoye with body shots, including the brutal finishing blow that stopped the fight.
Jamoye (26-6, 16 KO) gave a real effort, as he tried to make an impact on Quigg in the second round, particularly, attacking Quigg's body, as Quigg had done to him in the first round. But even though Jamoye brought the fight to Quigg, he still lost that round, as Quigg all but ignored the body shots, with Jamoye simply not strong enough to make any real headway. Quigg came back to win that round, and didn't take long to finish off a somewhat discouraged Jamoye in round three.
Quigg, 25, has really done as much as necessary at this level, but we'll see if he takes a real step up in class from here. Fights with Guillermo Rigondeaux (the real WBA champion), Carl Frampton (IBF titlist), or Leo Santa Cruz (WBC titleholder) would certainly be interesting.
On the undercard, heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua went to 8-0 with his eighth stoppage win, finishing off veteran Konstantin Airich in the third round. It was the first time that Joshua has gone past two rounds as a professional, and he really didn't care for the extended work time, hammering Airich (21-10-2, 17 KO) down in about 40 seconds. Joshua, 24, also hit Airich while he was down, though referee Steve Gray let it go, and rightly so. It was not an intentional shot, and this fight was never really meant to be truly competitive. Airich did not make a fuss of it, either, as he knew the score. His corner threw in the towel not long after, as Joshua poured on the pressure again.
Joshua is tentatively set to face Denis Bakhtov on October 11 at the O2 Arena in London, though promoter Eddie Hearn seemed to question whether that fight will actually happen or not.
Anthony Crolla and Gamaliel Diaz went to a technical draw in the third round due to a nasty cut on Diaz caused by a headbutt stopping the bout. It's a disappointing result for Crolla (28-4-2, 11 KO), who simply has to move on to the next fight. Diaz is now 38-11-3 (17 KO).
Scotty Cardle (16-0, 4 KO) stopped Kirk Goodings (11-2, 3 KO) in the first round of a British lightweight title eliminator, and Sam Eggington (12-2, 6 KO) scored a bit of an upset over Denton Vassell (20-2, 10 KO), stopping him in the eighth round of a British welterweight title eliminator.