WBA regular super-bantamweight champion Scott Quigg sent out a message to his long-term rival and recently crowned IBF champion Carl Frampton this past weekend.
Quigg was headlining the Matchroom card in Manchester on Saturday night and didn’t take long to make a big statement against Belgian Stephane Jamoye.
The 25-year-old started very quickly, looking to hunt his man down and rip shots to the body. Quigg kept a tight defensive guard but unleashed big, heavy shots on his opponent.
Jamoye was forced to go for it and tried to fire back but Quigg blocked most of the shots and those that did land seemed to have little effect on the man from Bury. In fact, Quigg stood and smiled at Jamoye when he landed a decent punch.
To see a man smiling at you after you have landed one of your better punches must not only be disheartening but intimidating and foreshadowed the end for Jamoye.
Finishing The Job:
Quigg completed a comfortable title defence in the third round with a big body shot, flooring his man in the process. Jamoye stood no chance of being able to continue and Quigg has showed once more just what a dangerous fighter he is with three early knock out victories in a row now.
The fight was an extremely entertaining one whilst it lasted but this was more of a defence to keep busy, whilst hoping to negotiate a major domestic duel with the aforementioned Frampton.
For a couple of years now fans have craved the opportunity to see these two men face off but it has been put on hold due to politics and the desire of both fighters to win a world title.
They both now hold a title so there should be no excuses as to why they cannot meet in the ring. Quigg and his promoter Eddie Hearn need to meet with Frampton and his promoter Barry McGuigan and they need to thrash out a deal.
It would be a crying shame if a deal was not able to be agreed due to ego on either side and fight fans are praying that something can be decided.
It would be a truly fantastic fight between two very skilful and determined young men. Both fighters are humble and likeable characters with good fan bases and the money earning potential of this fight is unmatched by any other out there.
Hearn has moved to make the fight more likely by getting involved with Chris Avalos, who is mandatory challenger for Frampton’s IBF title. Hearn has made it known that Avalos is prepared to move out of the way and allow the Frampton versus Quigg fight to take place.
This is a very shrewd move by Hearn and one which seems to show his willingness to make the fight happen. It is obvious that both fighters want the fight to take place so it is down to Hearn and McGuigan to make sure that it does.
Too often in the sport of boxing does politics prevent the best fights from taking place with none more so than Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Where the fight would take place is as yet unknown. Frampton has huge support in Belfast and his fights draw a truly brilliant crowd. Quigg on the other hand would prefer the fight to take place in Manchester where it appears that a bigger capacity arena could be used.
The idea of a two fight deal has been suggested with one taking place in Belfast and the other in Manchester. This would maximise revenue for both fighters and would give the fans two good fights to salivate over.
This fight has to take place so let’s hope that ego and politics aren’t the stumbling block as they so often prove in this sport.