Scott Quigg is a man who seems unable to silence the critics, despite adding yet another dominant win to his record on the undercard of the Tony Bellew v Nathan Cleverly rematch at Liverpool's Echo Arena this weekend.
The 26-year-old extended his unbeaten record to 30 wins and two draws with a comprehensive points victory over Hidenori Otake, a game Japanese bantamweight who continued to come forward despite taking a constant barrage of shots on foreign shores last night.
Quigg finished 2014 in style but couldn't get the stoppage, a testament to a tough opponent who earned every penny of his purse in his maiden world title tilt.
Otake, aged 33, came into the fight with little known about him other than his record of 22 wins, one loss and three draws. An unknown fighter is a very dangerous one as it would be so easy to underestimate them and then come unstuck on the night.
Becoming complacent and underestimating opponents in not Quigg's style though. He is a grounded and dedicated young man who lives and breathes the sport. Part of the hugely successful Joe Gallagher gym, Quigg has thrived in recent fights, with three consecutive early stoppage victories.
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All business for Quigg
Quigg is the WBA regular champion, which means that he has world honours doesn't hold the highest level of world champion status for the WBA. That honour goes to the incredibly skilled Guillermo Rigondeaux. As a result of being regular champion Quigg gets huge criticism from boxing fans, which is far from deserved on the whole.
It isn't Quigg's fault that the world titles are so fragmented and he is a world champion, whether fans like to accept that or not.
Early Stages a feeling out process
Quigg started this fight cautiously looking to see what his opponent was all about. Quigg landed the better shots throughout the fight and looked very comfortable in there.
Quigg, as ever, sustained attacks to the body of Otake which would normally have floored or slowed down his opponent on the night. The Bury native was only able to hurt his opponent on a couple of occasions and he never looked as though he was going to force the stoppage against this very tough boxer.
Cut could have ended the contest
Otake suffered a bad cut late on in the fight which led to doctors examining the eye a couple of times. They allowed the fight to continue and to Otake's credit he kept on going. He gave everything that he had and will not go back home wondering what if.
For Quigg this was a much needed hard fight in which he was able to get valuable rounds under his belt for the tougher tests which surely lie ahead for the Bury man.
The fight that all boxing fans really want to see Quigg involved in is the huge domestic dust-up with fellow world champion Carl Frampton.
Frampton became the IBF world champion earlier this year by defeating Kiko Martinez. Many hoped that this would spark the dream of a Quigg v Frampton fight into force but as yet we seem no closer to the fight.
Frampton or Santa Cruz next up?
The other big fight out there for Quigg is a battle with Mexican fighter Leo Santa Cruz. The 26-year-old is an undefeated fighter who would present Quigg with an excellent challenge and the chance to introduce himself to the American audience.
Quigg got the job done on the night in convincing fashion but we all want to see him face another world champion sooner rather than later.
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