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Frampton bests rival Quigg in title unification

Carl Frampton Scott Quigg

The highly anticipated world title unification fight between two men from the United Kingdom was truly two drastically different fights in one. The opening rounds were dull. Neither fighter would engaged, both seemed to respect the ability of the other. But as they went down the stretch Quigg forced the issue and Frampton gave everything he had on his way to a split decision victory.

Two judges scored the fight 116-112 in Frampton’s favor while one questionably saw it 115-113 for Quigg, but the right man won and walked out of Manchester with the WBA super bantamweight title and the IBF title that he walked into the building with already.

The first six rounds were more the same. There was little action and Quigg seemed to be exclusively looking to catch Frampton off guard to catch him with a big right hand. Otherwise Frampton was coming off his back foot and controlling distance, nicking Quigg with jabs when he saw the chance.

The seventh round was when things picked up. Quigg much have realized he was behind on the scorecard and decided to take more risks and do something other than stand and wait for a mistake from the technically sound Frampton, one that was far from guaranteed to be made. In the eighth round, Quigg landed big right hands and a great uppercut to rattle Frampton. In the ninth he knocked him back with a hard right hand and heavy left hook.

That set up a tremendous 10th round. It wasn’t quite a Gatti-Ward round, but both guys stood toe-to-toe exchanging huge shots to the body, to the head, to the face and to the side; wherever they would land.

The last two rounds were more of that intense action, before Frampton showed off an Ali-shuffle as he expected the victory. the two bitter rivals hugged before the final round, showing the respect they gained for each other through the battle.

Frampton remained undefeated through his 22nd fight since turning pro in 2009. It was the first loss of Quigg’s career since his 2007 debut.

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