Advertisement
Advertisement

Late Replacement Quon Focused on Frampton Shocker

By Brock Ellis

LUCK is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.

For Australian super-bantamweight champion “Mighty” Mark Quon – this is exactly the case. However, if you were to look-back seven days prior, Quon’s situation would almost be the exact opposite.

In training for a non-event six round fight in his home town of Melbourne, Quon’s career appeared to be at a legitimate crossroads.

Cursed with a lack of opportunities but blessed with an abundance of natural ability – Quon has been forced to watch on as less-talented but financially-backed fighters around him were given opportunities to challenge for regional titles on bigger promotions against inferior opponents with inflated records.

However, this all changed last Friday when Quon received the call he has been waiting for his entire professional career.

When European super-bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez withdrew from his highly anticipated bout with talented but relatively untested Irishman Carl Frampton after his father fell ill, all hope was lost for Frampton’s and the Irishman’s first high-profile title-shot as a professional seemed to be gone. 

Promoter of the event, Matchroom Sports’ Eddie Hearn searched high and wide to find a new challenger for the highly touted Frampton, who Sky Sports named as one of their ‘11 to watch in 2011’ to no avail. That was until the call was made to the Australian champion through former IBF light-welterweight champion and fellow Australian Lovemore N’dou.

After days of speedy and productive negotiations – the fight with Frampton was made and Quon boarded a plane headed to Ireland to challenge the Irishman for the vacant Commonwealth super-bantamweight title.

Despite the luck in receiving the call at the right time, not everything has gone to plan for the heavy underdog.

Quon, 33, has made the trip without his regular trainer Mick Hargreaves – who has remained in Australia to concentrate on his other fighter Dianna Prazak, who is also preparing for the biggest fight of her professional career when she takes on WIBA super-featherweight champion Lindsay Garbatt on September 24th in Melbourne.

Quon will instead be cornered by his close-friend and fellow fighter in WBO #3 super-featherweight “Wild” Will Tomlinson and his manager/promoter Adam Wilcock, who also made the last-minute trip to Ireland.

Understanding of his position as a firm-underdog, Quon (11-3-1, 2 KOs) believes he has the tools to trouble the Barry McGuigan mentored Frampton, 24, who has only gone the ten-round distance once in his short ten-fight career – which has spanned over two years.

“The fight was taken on short notice, but I was (already) in training for a fight that was scheduled for September 24th,” said Quon from the comfort of his hotel in Belfast. “Being the underdog does not worry me, I’m thirty-three now and opportunities like this don’t come often - this may be my only shot.”

The Australian, who landed in Ireland on Wednesday night, has been using all of the short-time available to him – working with fellow visitor Breidis Prescott, who will challenge hometown favourite and former world-title challenger Paul McCloskey in the main-event at the Odyssey Arena on Saturday night (UK-time).

“Since I have landed, I have been training regularly with Breidis (Prescott) and his trainer (Luis Lazaro De Cubas). Training with a world-rated fighter is a great experience,” Quon continued. “I’m feeling comfortable at my weight and making weight isn’t a problem for me. It hasn’t been for a problem for me in this fight either.”

Frampton, (10-0, 6 KOs), is one of Ireland’s many bright-hopes in the punch-for-pay ranks. As an amateur he won a respectable silver-medal at the European Union Amateur Championships in 2007, only falling in the final to future Olympic Silver Medalist and equally talented Frenchman Khedafi Djelkhi.

Quon was modest in his assessment of his opponent, but was firm in his believe that he has the skills to beat Frampton in front of what is expected to be a sold to capacity home-crowd.

“I think I can trouble Carl, he can box and punch but I have fought all different types of boxers over the years. Come Saturday night he is just another one, nothing more.”

Follow Brock Ellis on Twitter @brockellis01.

Tags: Carl Frampton image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment/View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Hearn: Badou Jack-Callum Smith is The Fight We're Pushing For Mares: Don't Rule Out Possibility of Cuellar Getting Knocked Out! Deontay Wilder's Handlers Reach Out To Alexander Ustinov Kosei Tanaka Stops Rene Patilano in Six Rounds in Nagoya, Japan Video: Shane Mosley Jr. Reflects on Win, The Future, More Tony Bellew: I'll Face That Bitch David Haye on That Joker Channel! Denis Shafikov, Joel Diaz Jr. To See Action on June 11 in El Monte Tony Bellew Gets Off The Deck, Brutal KO of Makabu For WBC Belt Video: David Avanesyan, Trainer Talk Win Over Shane Mosley Stephen Smith, Sean Dodd, Scott Fitzgerald All Victorious Video: Roberto Duran on Mosley Defeat To Avanesyan David Avanesyan Will Be Ringside To Scout Thurman vs. Porter Callum Smith Stays on Course For Title Shot, Get TKO in Six Ricky Burns Ready For Revenge on Crawford, Broner Showdown Video: Shane Mosley Talks About Loss To David Avanesyan David Price Returns in Style With Quick Knockout Victory Holyfield Believes Anthony Joshua Could Break Marciano's Record Bellew vs. Makabu LIVE Results From Goodison Park Frank Warren Questions Hearn's Position on Joshua vs. Haye James DeGale's Coach Confident: Badou Jack is Tailor-Made For Us Hearn: Eubank is Bigger UK Fight For Golovkin Than Saunders Golovkin's Coach: Only GGG Fight Brings Mayweather 100 Million! Bellew: I'll Fight That Bitch David Haye, He's Degrading Boxing! Photos: Ricky Burns Makes History, Blasts Di Rocco For WBA Belt Bellew vs. Makabu: Sean Dodd Looks To Enter The World Scene Viktor Postol Motivated By Underdog Role Against Crawford Arum: If Mayweather Wants Pacquiao, Let Him Come To Manila Haumono Saw Flaws, Believes He Will Chin Check Joseph Parker Glowacki Hopes To Get Usyk To Poland, Then Wants Lebedev Avanesyan Ends Shane Mosley, Secures Thurman-Porter Shot Vazquez Outpoints Bone, Eyes Future Clash With Adrien Broner Gabe Rosado Not Looking Past Gutierrez To Chavez Jr. Showdown Shane Mosley Jr. Edges Roberto Young With Majority Nod Bermane Stiverne Eager To Step in, Face Deontay Wilder Jonas Sultan Retains His RP Championship With KO in Five Rounds Photos: Verdejo, Diaz Open Workouts Before HUGE Bronx Crowd Roach: Floyd Mayweather Asked Me To Train Conor McGregor Krzysztof Wlodarczyk Beats Down Kai Kurzawa For TKO Win Ricky Burns Becomes Three Division Champion, Stops Di Rocco in 8 Nurse Pounds on Limond For TKO Win, Retains British Title
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement