By Alexey Sukachev
Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo - Former world champion Scott Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KOs) is back on the road to become a two-weight world champion in 2018 – after picking up a sixth round stoppage of Oleg Yefimovych (29-2-1, 16 KOs) in a eliminator for the WBA featherweight title..
It was a battle of youth and power versus age and experience. Youth has clearly prevailed, although 36-year old Ukrainian, formerly a European 126lb titlist, gave Quigg, 29, fits in technique department.
However, it was nowhere about technique or style or boxing chess. The fight was all about power, as the British fighter wasted no time in getting to the veteran boxer. His punches - visibly felt by Yefimovich - were inflicting damage since the opening bell. Yefimovich connected with some good shots in the opening rounds but his power was unable to distract onrushing Quigg.
Showing tenacity and determination the British boxer continued to stalk the Ukrainian in rounds three and four. Oleg's counter punches got sparser as the fight progressed, his eyes starting to swell under the power of Quigg.
Referee Luis Pabon began to watch carefully after Yefimovich, as he looked like a beaten man. Battery continued in round five as Quigg induced a grimace of pain on Yefimovich's face with several well-placed body shots. Pabon asked Yefimovich about his further plans after the fifth, and the Ukrainian vehemently rejected any though of surrender. Yet he was still stopped by Pabon at 0:50 of the sixth - and rightfully so! - after eating several more combos from the Brit.
IBF #2, WBC #3 and WBO #10 Scott Quigg was announced as the WBA obligatory challenger after this fight.
Quigg is honing his skills in the Wild Card Gym with the hall of fame coach and they were ringside when WBA Super king Leo Santa Cruz and regular champion Abner Mares were in action in California two weeks ago, where both men won via stoppage.
Yefimovych is ranked at number four in the WBA the win for Quigg puts him right in the mix for a world title clash in 2018.