The Highs and Lows of British Boxing

We have seen some thrilling highs and devastating lows in British Boxing this week, with the ‘High Stakes’ bill in Manchester featuring Scott Quigg Vs Spanish Kiko Martinez and the return of Anthony Crolla Vs Colombian Darleys Perez, it was certainly a night to remember.

Quigg, 26, successfully defend his WBA super-bantamweight title for the sixth time after he floored the former world champion Kiko Martinez in the second round, Martinez managed to beat the count but was met with a fierce uppercut, followed by an onslaught of punches leaving referee, Terry O’Connor no option but to stop the fight.

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Quigg told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. “I was expecting 12 tortuous rounds; I was welling up in the ring because hopefully now I’ll get some credit. It is everything I’ve wanted as a kid.”

“The first round was how we knew it would be,” said Quigg. “He was very nervous, so was sharp and on edge, and I had to see what he was doing.

“But I got my range and we knew he would be confident and come out quickly in the second, and knew he would walk on to my shot.”

Talk soon turned to a potential fight with rival Carl Frampton, who meanwhile was having a much tougher time defending his IBF title against Mexico’s Alejandro Gonzalez Jr in El Paso, Texas.

Frampton

Anthony Crolla made his return to the ring to face WBA lightweight champion Darleys Perez, just months after suffering a cracked skull and broken ankle when he was attacked by thieves.

Crolla, 28, produced the performance of his life against a tough well matched opponent, after a series of warnings, referee Howard Foster deducted two points from Perez for consecutive low blows, leaving no doubt in the Manchester Arena that Crolla had done enough to win the WBA title.

Anthony-Crolla

Judges scored the fight 113-113, 111-116, 113-113, a majority draw, leaving Crolla absolutely devastated, Perez still world champion and boxing fans around the world stunned.

Talking to Sky Sports Crolla said “I’m bitterly disappointed I’ve not got the world title take to home with me. I thought the deductions swayed it for me”.

“I had to dig deep and do the crowd proud. I will only come back stronger”.

“When this opportunity came I was never going to give it up. But I promise everyone that I will win the world title.”

Immediately after the fight Crolla and promoter Eddie Hearn appealed for a rematch.