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Scott Quigg has celebration soured

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Quigg won the WBA super bantamweight champion (©GettyImages)
Quigg won the WBA super bantamweight champion (©GettyImages).

Scott Quigg can feel proud with his achievement of becoming the WBA super bantamweight champion but there is a bitter taste left in the mouth following his world title fight.

Quigg was promoted to full champion by the WBA before his fight with the highly successful former amateur Salinas. Quigg himself said that he wouldn’t call himself or feel like the world champion until he had earned it by beating Salinas.

The fight was close and both fighters were reluctant to really take the fight by the scruff of the neck and dominate it. Salinas was edging the early rounds with his greater use of the jab and partly because of Quigg’s reluctance to force the pace.

The fight was being fought at a slow pace suiting Salinas more fluid style. Many had predicted that the early rounds would be like this with the feeling that Quigg would come strong in the second half of the fight with his superior work-rate and conditioning.

This turned out to be absolutely spot on with Quigg starting to come into the fight more as it went on. Quigg began to get close and throw good combinations to both the body and head. Quigg was quickly asserting himself as the busier fighter looking to take the initiative.

Quigg was outworking the Cuban and had a dominant 11th round in which he really forced Salinas back and was putting him under a level of pressure that he wasn’t comfortable with. For me Quigg was dominating the later stages of the fight and did enough to get the decision by a couple of rounds.

The fight ended with both fighters acting as though they had won the fight and then the scorecards were read out. Much to my disappointment the fight was called as a majority draw on the scores of 114-114, 114-114 and 115-113 to Quigg.

An atmosphere of disappointment entered the arena as this wasn’t the celebration of crowning a world champion that was wanted. For Quigg to have kept the title on a majority decision in a fight in which he really wanted to win his title on merit was irritating but for me Quigg won clearly.

I feel sorry for Quigg who has had his glorious moment ruined. It was not a shocker to call the fight a majority draw but for me was the incorrect decision. The fight was close but Quigg was in my opinion the clear winner.

There have been questions as to why Quigg didn't try to up the tempo of the fight earlier on then there would have been no doubting the winner. For me Quigg couldn't really have upped the tempo much earlier or he would have been picked off by Salinas. Quigg had to wait until the later rounds when Salinas had slowed and then he could assert his control on the fight.

Quigg can stand tall and proud of his performance and at being a world champion despite the draw. He has proved himself to be a top quality boxer and I’m sure that other big nights are only a matter of time now.

Personally I would like to see Quigg face domestic rival Carl Frampton. Quigg himself wants the fight and I’m sure that Frampton also does. It would be a fantastic match-up of 2 top quality fighters and would be a great fight for the British fight fans.

I am disappointed for Scott Quigg but he has no reason to feel upset. In the people’s eyes he won the fight and is world champion.

Scott Quigg the new WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion!

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