Flying a bit under the radar, Scott Quigg and Jono Carroll will meet in a 130-pound main event Saturday on DAZN and Sky Sports from Manchester in a fight that is very much worth tuning in to see on paper.
Our staffers make their picks for a winner.
I think this is going to be a great fight as long as Quigg’s elbow holds up, and I don’t know enough personally about the state of Quigg’s elbow to make any doom and gloom predictions about that. Carroll is a tremendous scrapper but very limited by his total lack of power, and while Quigg at 130 is not going to be the puncher he was at 122 or even 126, probably, I think he’ll be able to do enough clear harder punching to wow the judges enough to win this fight. If Quigg isn’t too rusty, I honestly just think he’s the superior all-around fighter.
Now I can’t count out rust and injury entirely, so I do think Carroll has a shot here, but I’m going with Quigg to put himself into position for a bigger fight at 130 here on his return to action. Quigg UD-12
This is actually a decent scrap but I’ll just cut right to the chase. Jono Carroll can’t punch worth a damn and he’s going up against a pretty relentless guy in Quigg. No matter how much trouble Carroll might present to the former titleholder in Quigg for a few rounds, I fully expect it to just be a matter of time before Quigg starts walking through Carroll’s punches and starts doing some damage. We’ve already see Quigg walk through fire and leave Oscar Valdez with a broken jaw, despite losing a decision, and Valdez is clearly a better fighter than Carroll. Maybe Quigg is no longer in his prime, but I think he still has plenty left to deal with a fighter like Carroll who won’t be able to outbox him over 12 full rounds and likely can’t afford to get into many exchanges. I’ll take Quigg to win this fight on points. Quigg UD-12
Patrick L. Stumberg
This is among the year’s best fights to date as far as the potential for ultraviolence goes. I can’t see this being anything other than a close-quarters war pitting Carroll’s volume and speed against Quigg’s physicality and power. Carroll’s overperformance against Tevin Farmer and his experience at the weight are strong arguments in his favor, but even with over a year of rust weighing him down, I have to go with the Lancashire man.
Just looking at their respective performances against Farmer and Oscar Valdez, it’s clear that Quigg is the more defensively adept of the two, and the fact that he withstood everything Valdez could dish out bodes well for his chances against the feather-fisted Irishman. It’s also worth noting that Carroll occasionally found himself overpowered by Farmer, who’s nowhere near the puncher or presence that the hulking, and man that feels weird to say about a guy who did his best work at super bantamweight, Quigg. Going life-or-death with Farmer (16% KO) and Guillaume Frenois (24% KO) is not a good precedent against the guy who smashed Valdez’s jaw. Quigg tanks his way through Carroll’s flurries to break him down late. Quigg TKO-10
One of the biggest questions has got to be how much Quigg has left in the tank. He’s climbed the weights in recent years and had a long lay-off since his March 2018 loss to Oscar Valdez (only separated by a second-round TKO of Mario Briones). He was tough and powerful down at 122 pounds but at this stage of his career, it’s hard to predict how well that will transfer up.
Carroll is a very watchable fighter. His all-action aggressive style gives the illusion that he’s a real banger at junior lightweight — his three KOs dispel that notion quite comfortably.
Expect most of this fight to be fought in the pocket, and with Carroll’s impressive hand-speed I can see the underdog taking a lot of the rounds here. Quigg will probably get most success in the latter rounds as the Irishman slows up, but I’m backing the dog in this one. Carroll MD-12