By Andrew McCart (@Andy_FCBoxing)
Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton claimed the WBA world title to add to his IBF super bantamweight strap, after a split decision victory over rival Scott Quigg.
Frampton dictated the pace and controlled the early rounds of the bout. Showcasing his excellent boxing IQ and using his piston like jab. During which Quigg just couldn’t find his range.
The Bury fighter did come back into the fight in the second half of the contest. As he started taking more risks. However, Frampton showed off some of his defensive skills to stay clear of some of Quigg’s looping right hands.
The fight was starting to catch fire in round nine, with Quigg catching the Ulsterman with a nice right hand.
The 10th was another good round, with both fighters standing toe-to-toe and landing shots to the head and body. The more telling of the blows was a double left hook to the body from Frampton.
The following round Quigg looked to of hurt Frampton with a couple of big right hands, but the man from Tigers Bay came out in the final round and showed his superior boxing skills to make Quigg miss and land some telling shots of his own.
At the post fight press conference Quigg confirmed that Frampton had caught him with “a peach of an uppercut” which possibly broke his jaw.
“He caught me with a good shot in the fourth and I think my jaw’s gone,” explained Quigg.
“The punches I got hit with didn’t hurt. One judge saw it my way but fair play to him. I should’ve started faster but I wasn’t getting hit clean. I want a rematch.”
Frampton Clearly won the fight on my card but one judge saw it differently. Which Frampton couldn’t believe.
“I couldn’t believe it was a split.” Frampton said. “I don’t know what that lad was watching. As long as I got the hand raised at the end of the fight that is the main thing. I knew it was going to be a boring fight. We have a great rivalry. Of course we could do it again.”
With that being said Frampton added that he is ready to move on to “bigger and better things” and team Cyclone confirmed that the money fight they want is against Leo Santa Cruz. Who retained his WBA world featherweight title with a fifth round TKO over Kiko Martinezby