Scott Quigg quickly dispatched Stephane Jamoye as expected on Saturday night in Manchester, England, retaining his WBA super-bantamweight title with a brutal body blow in the third round.
The main event fight on Saturday night's card was lopsided going in with the champion Quigg pegged up against Jamoye, who replaced Paulus Ambunda as the 25-year-old's opponent in the fight. He's a former European bantamweight titleholder, but it became apparent seconds into Round 1 that he was no match for Quigg.
Dangerous body shots came early and often in Saturday's fight, much to the demise of Jamoye. The heavy favorite pummeled him with timely blows and easily shrugged off every attempt from Jamoye to desperately claw back into the fight.
With the easy victory, Quigg improves to 29-0-2, while Jamoye loses his sixth career fight.
Sky Sports Boxing summed up the winning punch:
According to Adam Abramowitz of Saturday Night Boxing, Jamoye attempted to keep fighting but was unable to:
From the onset of Saturday's fight, Quigg established the tone. He wasn't going to get out of his comfort zone, even if Jamoye decided to go for broke and pull out all the stops early.
The Belgian came out guns ablazing, trying to overpower Quigg with more energy. But it quickly backfired, as Jamoye's aggression left him susceptible to his opponent's elite body striking.
What's more, Jamoye spent too much of his energy attacking and had little left to defend himself. That allowed for Quigg to add on flurries of jabs that constantly left Jamoye woozy, as ByTheMin Boxing noted:
The jabs were very effective, but it was ultimately the plethora of body shots that did Jamoye in, as Alex Morris noted:
It took no time for the storylines to shift from Saturday's fight into a peek at the future. In fact, it started before the fight even took place.
Up next for Quigg is more than likely a highly anticipated showdown with Carl "The Jackal" Frampton, the undefeated Northern Irishman who has never had a chance to fight for a WBA title. It was so anticipated that Quigg had the following to say before Saturday's fight, per BBC Sport: "We have been open to that fight for a long time. I will be ready once I have dealt with Jamoye. I will beat Carl Frampton, and that will be the defining night of my career. It is not about world titles. It is about me and him getting in that ring."
Quigg's confidence is encouraging, considering a vast majority of those in this Sky Sports Boxing poll believe he'll come up short against Frampton:
At the very least, a potential matchup between Frampton and Quigg would offer contrasting styles, per Abramowitz:
It will still take some hashing out between the two sides, and Leo Santa Cruz and Guillermo Rigondeaux are also possible opponents. But if the early rumblings are any indication, Quigg vs. Frampton would not only be a hit but probably the best overall fight.
Quigg would have to step up his game even more to hang with the undefeated Frampton. The challenge he would face in that fight makes Saturday night's encounter look like nothing more than a tune-up.
And if that's what it was, at least Quigg handled it accordingly and put Jamoye away early with a resounding victory.