Former WBA (Regular) super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg will be looking to move up the rankings with an impressive victory against Jono Carroll on March 7.
Road To Scott Quigg v Jono Carroll
Bury-born fighter Scott Quigg returns to the Manchester Arena on March 7 for the first time since 2016 when he goes up against Ireland’s Jono Carroll.
Quigg, who has not actually fought since October 2018, is a fans favourite on the streets of Manchester, his no nonsense attitude has won him a lot of admirers over the years. He has only been beaten twice in his career. The first one was against Carl Frampton in an all-out brawl at the Manchester Arena on February 27 2016. Frampton dominated the opening part of the fight before Quigg started to come back in the latter rounds. Quigg gave himself too much to do and lost the fight to a split decision. This was his first defeat in 34 bouts and that loss made him make the decision to move up from super bantamweight to featherweight.
Quigg stepped up to featherweight after he lost his title to Frampton. He was back in the ring 10 months later in the same arena when he secured a knockout win over Jose Cayetano in the ninth round. Two more victories against Viorel Simion and Oleg Yefimovych with a unanimous decision and a sixth round technical knockout respectively saw him take the step up in his stride.
That run of three successive victories came to a halt in his American debut as he suffered a unanimous points decision loss against Mexican Oscar Valdez at the StubHub Center in California. Quigg suffered a broken nose during the fight, while Valdez had to have some emergency work on his teeth. That is how brutal this fight was. Quigg was beaten by Valdez’s speed and foot work, something he will need to work on if he is to be taken seriously in the featherweight division. Valdez was expected to defend his WBO featherweight title against Quigg in California, but the English fighter failed to make the weight due to a fractured foot that occurred four weeks earlier and was three pounds over the expected level. The fight still went ahead, but the title was not on the line.
Quigg’s last fight was in October 2018 when he defeated Mario Briones in the second round at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. He did not fight at all in 2019, he was due to face Carroll in Saudia Arabia on the Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr fight but an arm injury ruled him out. The fight has now been rescheduled at the super-featherweight level in Manchester with both fighters looking to claim the win that will put them closer to a title shot in the future.
During the height of his success, Quigg was trained by famous trainer Joe Gallagher and he was in his corner when he defeated Rendall Moore to become the WBA (regular) super bantamweight champion.After beating Cayetano, Quigg revealed that he would be parting company with Gallagher and moving to America to be trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach. Roach was in Quigg’s corner for the win over Simion but was absent for the one over Yefimovych as he was training UFC star Georges St-Pierre in his bout against Michael Bisping. Quigg and Gallagher were away from each other for three years, but the pair are now back together for this super-featherweight contest. If Quigg is going to be a world champion again, it will be because of his trainer.
Quigg v Carroll preview: Who Is Jono Carroll?
Let’s get one thing clear, Jono Carroll is no mug. He knows how to fight and will give Quigg a whole lot of trouble for 12 rounds. The Irishman is currently ranked ninth by the IBF and he knows a strong performance against Quigg will move him up the rankings and closer to a title shot.
Carroll became known to boxing fans back in 2014 when he won Prize Fighter at York Hall thanks to three wins in one night against Stephen Foster, Gary Buckland and Michael Devine.
Carroll has also lost just one fight during his 19-fight career. He was beaten unanimously on points by American Tevin Farmer at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 15, 2019.
He bounced back from that defeat with a unanimous points win of his own against Mexico’s Eleazar Valenzuela in August of last year. He has kept himself sharp and is fine condition to finally square off against Quigg on March 7.
Scott Quigg v Jono Carroll Predictions & Tips
This will be a classic bout and not for the faint-hearted. Quigg only knows one way and that is all out attack. Expect the loss of blood from both fighters and maybe a broken nose or two.
These two will keep swinging until the final bell sounds, but we are going for experience and home advantage in this one. You saw how a home crowd benefited Anthony Crolla in his final fight at the Manchester Arena, the vocal support will be behind Quigg from the opening bell and that is a huge advantage to have when they are cheering every single punch you land.
We are backing Quigg to get the decision after 12 rounds, possibly a split decision. Home advantage is one thing, but the ace in Quigg’s pack is most definitely Joe Gallagher. The return of this pairing can only be good for boxing. Gallagher will be the key to victory for Quigg in this one.
Scott Quigg v Jono Carroll: Fighter Predictions
Scott Quigg: “I’m looking forward to making my return after having 16 months out the ring due to the injury I suffered early last year. Unfortunately the injury reoccurred before the Saudi Arabia show but the arm is fully healed now and I’m already in great shape about to start camp. This is a fight I’m really excited about. I’m looking forward to getting in there and taking him apart and showing that despite being out the ring for over a year and the injury, there is still a lot left in the tank. I’ve got everything fully focused on March 7 to put in a career best performance! It’s great to be back fighting and headlining at Manchester Arena again and for my supporters to be able to see me back fighting on UK soil. It’s a great platform for me to launch my career forward again and get my name back in the mix for a World Title shot.”
Jono Carroll: “I haven’t necessarily learned anything extra about Scott Quigg since we were first due to fight, but I have learned more about myself – how much I want this life and what I’m willing to give up in order to accomplish my dreams and goals. Now it’s time for the next step. I know my worth as a person and as a boxer. I won’t let Quigg beat me no matter what type of fight it has to be. I’m good at adapting so I will see what he’s good at and then take that away from him.”