Scott Quigg (27-0-1) retained the interim WBA super bantamweight title on Saturday at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London in a majority draw. He used a late rally to pull even with Cuban contender Yoandris Salinas (21-0-2) after being outboxed early in the fight.
The official scorecards per the Box Nation broadcast were as follows: Jean-Louis Legland 114-114, Ruben Garcia 115-113 for Quigg, Leszek Jankowiak 114-114.
Quigg had hoped to erase the “interim” tag from his distinction, but he dug himself too big of a hole early on to win the fight on points.
I scored the fight a draw, as did Jankowiak and Legland. Though Quigg won his rounds more decisively, it was still six rounds even in my eyes, thus the decision was just.
Salinas dominated the early rounds with his jab, but Quigg’s body work and constant pressure wore Salinas down.
A little more than midway through the fight, Salinas began to react negatively to Quigg’s body shots. Powerful left hooks and right crosses to Salinas’ midsection forced the 28-year-old to go into a shell. He abandoned the slick jab and right-foot-forward stance he had been having success with.
He opted for a more squared-up, forehead-to-forehead stance. It was a little puzzling, as it would have seemed more movement would have been advised. The change certainly didn't allow him to better protect his ribs. This change in posture made him much easier to hit and it took the effectiveness of his jab away.
Quigg showed his toughness and resolve throughout the fight. He stuck to his game plan and he certainly earned the draw. Many would say he deserved to win the fight, as he was clearly the man in better shape at the final bell.
The 24-year-old from Bury, Lancanshire in the United Kingdom looked impressive enough to maintain the buzz he’s created for himself thus far, but there is still more work to be done if he wants to become a legitimate world champion.
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