By Alexey Sukachev
Manchester, England - WBA "regular" champion and TBRB #3 rated super bantamweight Scott Quigg (29-0-2, 22 KOs) took another step into an All-British encounter with a recently crowned IBF 122lb champion Carl Frampton after a statement against Belgian challenger to his title Stephane Jamoye. Quigg stopped the Belgian at 1:13 of the third round.
WBA #12 Jamoye was coming in as a prohibitive underdog, having lost his EBU bantamweight title to Karim Guerfi and then a challenge to WBC 118lb champion Shinsuke Yamanaka on a kayo earlier this year. However, the Belgian challenger showed inner toughness in going toe-to-toe with a notorious bodypuncher. The fight quickly turned into a war of better liver checkers, as both combatants landed numerous shot to bodies of each other. Quigg landed more head shots however.
Round two began with a major assault by Jamoye, who couldn't miss with his left hook to the liver section. Quigg was able to survive this assault and come back with an attack of his own at the end of the round. In the third stanza, Quigg's punches got more powerful, which was clearly felt by a smaller opponent. Finally, the Brit landed a debilitating, smashing right hand to the solar plexus, which had Jamoye down and out on a count. He actually beat it but was deemed in no position to continue by the referee. He dropped down to 26-6, 16 KOs.
UK's biggest young heavyweight hope and 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (8-0, 8 KOs) continued his professional education with the third-round stoppage of fading German veteran Konstantin Airich (21-10-2, 17 KOs). Time was 1:16, when referee Steve Gray stopped it.
Joshua methodically broke Airich apart, using his superior jab, physical assets and patience. His pressure increased with each fought minute and became really unbearable in round three. Airich was firstly down after a crushing right hand and a subsequent barrage, and the was finished off on a combination of punches.
Next for Joshua is a rugged Russian veteran Denis Bakhtov (38-9, 25 KOs) on October 11 in a bid for a vacant WBC International heavyweight title. Interestingly, Bakhtov fought... Airich in his latest fight, getting a UD 8 over him on July 26 in Riga. The latter is just 2-6 in his latest fight, his last meaningful win dating back to March 2012,
when he stopped 30-2 Ondrej Pala.
An important international lightweight contest between Manchester's Anthony Crolla and ex-WBC super featherweight champion Gamaliel "El Platano" Diaz ended in a minor and disappointing disaster, when an accidental clash of heads at the end of round three forced a premature stoppage, making the official result a technical draw.
The fight was fairly even before that, with the WBO #4 Crolla being slightly better in a jab contest. Nothing was defined and set in the contest, when an accidental headbutt created the end. Crolla (28-4-2, 11 KOs) defended his WBO I/C title for the third time. Diaz is now 38-11-3, with 17 KOs, and 2-0-1, 1 KO, as a lightweight.
20-year old Sam "The Savage" Eggington (12-2, 6 KOs) scored by far the biggest win of his professional career, stopping once world-rated Denton Vassell (20-2, 10 KOs) in eight rounds to get a shot at the BBBofC British welterweight title, as this bout was an eliminator for the most prestigious British domestic belt.
The fight was a war right from the opening bell. Both fighters exchanged big punches, primarily left hooks to hurt each other repeatedly. Eggington looked much bigger than his stocky opponent. He was also landing better punches in the first couple of rounds. Vassell was hurt badly several times in the third and was stalked from pillar to post for entire three minutes.
It looked like the younger fighter (Vassell turned 30 today) spent too much energy as he looked lethargic in the fourth. Vassell turned a real beast in the fifth, couldn't miss with his shots and put Eggington on the brink of stoppage, but the latter survived. Slowly, the fight began turning into Sam's favour in rounds six and seven, while still being a grueling war. Eggington hurt Vassell badly with several hooks at the end of the eighth, pinned him into the corner, forcing referee Richie Davis from All Hallows to step in at 2:36 of the stanza to call it off.
Eggington's both losses came on points in 2013 and 2014 installments of the Prizefighter series. He is now a mandatory challenger for a title, previously held by Frankie Gavin. Vassell suffers a bitter loss - his second in a row - on his birthday.
Scott Cardle (16-0, 4 KOs) hasn't looked any better than that in the first-round blowout of defending BBofC English lightweight champion Kirk Goodings (11-2, 3 KOs). Goodings was put down with a very short right uppercut in an early exchange. Cardle spent no time waiting and immediately finished his opponent with the subsequent exchange. It took him just 46 secs to get the job done.
Cardle, 24, is now a mandatory challenger for Terry Flanagan's British lightweight title. Goodings, 25, is back to the regional level following this shocking disaster.
In non-televised action there were wins for unbeaten light heavyweight, Hosea Burton who stopped Tzvetozar Iliev in the fourth and final round to take his unbeaten record to (10-0, 3 KOs).
Cruiserweight Jack Massey moved to (5-0, 2 KOs) after beating the (5-46-4) journeyman Moses Matovu 40-35 on points over four rounds.
Light middleweight prospect Jimmy ‘Kilrain’ Kelly outpointed Jason McArdle 40-36 to take his record to (11-0, 4 KOs).
Sam Hyde (2-0-1, 1 KO) fought out a 38-38 points draw with Wayne Brooks (7-3-3, 4 KOs) at cruiserweight.
The Joe Gallagher trained welterweight, Marcus Morrison opened up his professional career with a first round stoppage victory over Csaba Torma (11-22, 7 KOs).
And in the first upset of the night, hot super bantamweight prospect Liam Hanrahan (8-1, 5 KOs), promoted by Dave Coldwell, was knocked out by Krzystof Rogowski (8-9, 2 KOs) in three rounds despite the Pole being down being on the canvas in the first of the six round contest.