WBA/IBF Super Bantamweight Titles
Frampton too good for Quigg
Northern Ireland’s Carl Frampton outclassed Scott Quigg in their much awaited showdown in Manchester. Quigg was tentative from the outset which played into Frampton’s hands. Frampton clocked up the early rounds without a huge amount of effort as Quigg threw very little early on.
The fight livened up in the later rounds as Quigg began to get some success getting in closer. Many thought Quigg had his chance in the 11th round when he rocked Frampton with the best punch of the fight but did not follow it up. Frampton recovered to easily win the final round and staying out of any trouble.
The decision was a split one as one of the judges left most baffled by scoring it for Quigg. The other two agreed on a four point victory to deservedly give it to Frampton. Frampton may look to move up to Featherweight to take on Leo Santa Cruz.
WBA Featherweight Title
Classy Santa Cruz scores comfortable defence
Leo Santa Cruz wasted no time in dominating his Spannish challenger Kiko Martinez. He had the challenger down in 90 seconds of the fight. It did not stop Martinez coming forward and forcing Santa Cruz to counter, but counter well he certainly did.
The fight became more toe to toe in the third with Martinez getting through. There was blood coming from the champions nose at the end of the third. As a result Santa Cruz tried to open a gap and fight from range in the fourth and the tactics worked going into the fifth where he let the fists go getting through with a flurry of punches Martinez had no answer to, causing the referee to stop the fight.
Santa Cruz could now face Frampton, or a rematch with Abner Mares, who he beat by majority decision lat time out.
WBC Super Bantamweight Title
Short but sweet revenge for new Champ Ruiz
On the same card as Santa Cruz, Hugo Ruiz gained revenge on Julio Ceja to become World Champion for the second time. Ceja went went down with practically the first punch of the fight injuring his ankle in the process.
Ceja bravely got up from that but was clearly not going to last much longer. The injury was a shame as this looked a good fight on paper especially as Ceja had won their first fight in August. Ruiz seized his chance and finished the fight in 51 second knocking Ceja down and out again.
With the score 1-1 a third fight is very much possible. However if the Frampton-Santa Cruz fight does not happen, Frampton could well be another possibility.
WBO Light Welterweight Title
Crawford too good for Lundy
Charasmatic US fighter Terence Crawford did as was expected defeated Henry Lundy of Philadelphia in five rounds. Crawford dominated from the off clocking up the early rounds. Lundy tried to come out with a quick pace but didn’t really trouble Crawford at any point.
Crawford scored a knockdown early in the fifth and although Lundy got up, it was merely to take a further beating as Ref Steve Willis had seen enough. Lundy had lost two of his last three fights coming in and Crawford made it look the mismatch it had appeared.
Crawford has spoken about his desire to fight Manny Pacquiao but his probable next opponent is more likely to be Russian Provodnikov.
MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD
World Championship Boxing (red=Champ, Blue=Challenger/Contender, Yellow=New Champ)
WBA/IBF Super Bantamweight Title (Champion v Champion) – At The Manchester Arena, Manchester
Carl Frampton (N Ireland) Beat Scott Quigg (England) by Split Decision (113-115, 116-112, 116-112)
The Unified WBA/IBF Super Bantamweight Champion of the World ….. Carl Frampton (N Ireland)
WBA Featherweight Title – At The Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Leo Santa Cruz (Mexico) Beat Kiko Martinez (Spain) by TKO in Round 5
Still WBA Featherweight Champion of the World ….. Leo Santa Cruz (Mexico)
WBC Super Bantamweight Title – At The Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Hugo Ruiz (Mexico) Beat Julio Ceja (Mexico) by KO in Round 1
AND THE NEW WBA Featherweight Champion of the World ….. Hugo Ruiz (Mexico)
WBO Light Welterweight Title – At Madison Square Garden, New York
Terrence Crawford (USA) Beat Henry Lundy (USA) by TKO in round 5
Still WBO Light Welterweight Champion of the World ….. Terence Crawford (USA)