Scott Quigg proved on Saturday that he is a truly top fighter.
The 25 year old WBA world super-bantamweight champion was awarded the title in the run-up to his fight with Yoandris Salinas in October of last year and has been on a mission to prove that he is a worthy holder of the belt ever since.
Quigg proceeded to destroy Diego Silva in November via a vicious 2nd round knockout before heading into this fight with the dangerous Tshifhiwa Munyai.
Munyai was a late step-in for this fight but had been over in Britain training anyway. 'The Atomic Spider', aged 28, held a good record of 24 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw heading into the fight and was seen as a real danger to Quigg.
Munyai has fought in Britain several times before, causing heartache against the likes of Martin Power and Lee Haskins and some fancied that he may well do the same against Quigg.
All of the doubts were to be proven unnecessary due to a sensational display from the Bury-man though. He looked so determined to go out there and prove a point and wow - and he didn't disappoint.
Munyai started cautiously looking to feel his way into the fight and keep it at distance. Quigg wasn't willing to let Munyai settle and look to work up-close. Quigg landed a left-hook absolutely flush on Munyai near the end of the 1st round and he was knocked to the floor.
Munyai got back up and to a certain extent was saved by the bell as he looked unsteady and as if he was in serious trouble.
The second round began and Munyai seemed to have regained his senses. He appeared more comfortable in the fight until again he was struck with a beautifully timed straight right hand off the back of the jab.
Munyai was floored again and this time there was a sense that things were going to be over very quickly. Munyai again returned to his feet before Quigg hunted him down and let his hands go. Munyai was unable to withstand the onslaught from Quigg and referee Howard Foster intervened and brought an end to the proceedings.
Scott Quigg was absolutely clinical in his performance against a very tricky opponent. Those who say that Munyai was an easy fight or a nobody clearly don't know their boxing that well as he is a more than credible opponent.
It is funny how before a fight people can say that a boxer is going to be a real test for another boxer and yet after the fight claim that he was a walk over and an easy opponent. Unfortunately this is the fickle nature of fans. Quigg should hopefully now begin to receive the credit that he deserves as he is a world class super-bantamweight.
In terms of what's next for Quigg it is currently tough to tell. The fight that the fans want and the one which would be the most financially rewarding would be a domestic show-down with rival Carl Frampton.
Frampton is also a class boxer and under the tutelage of Barry and son Shane McGuigan has worked his way up to a mandatory position for the WBC belt. This belt is held by Leo Santa Cruz - who could prove to be another option for Quigg.
Quigg and promoter Eddie Hearn may be able to lure Santa Cruz into a fight as there would be two belts on the line. The chance to become a unified champion may well be an appealing one to Santa Cruz and his promoters Goldenboy.
It is unlikely that the fight would take place in Britain due to Goldenboy's financial clout but it would make for an exciting fight no matter where it is held in the world.
The other major option for Quigg is to face the IBF champion Kiko Martinez who is fighting this week in Japan against Hozumi Hasegawa. There would be a greater possibility of facing Martinez in Britain which would be an attractive option to both Quigg and Hearn respectively.
There is of course the undoubted king at super-bantamweight in Guillermo Rigondeaux who seems to be much too good for anyone out there is his weight classes but lacks the financial backing that a man of his talent deserves. He is so technically good that he wins his fights at ease without ever really being tested. Going after Rigondeaux is a no go really as he is too good and there is little financial incentive.
Whatever is next for Quigg it needs to be a big fight as he has more than earned his shot at a massive fight.
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