Quigg gets up off the canvas to stop Arthur and retain champ's belt
By Martin Domin
Scott Quigg recovered from a fourth-round knockdown to stop Jamie Arthur in the eighth to make a successful first defence of his British super-bantamweight title.
Belt up: Scott Quigg shows off his British title after defeating Jamie Arthur
And the 23-year-old from Bury upped the pace in the next round and began to dominate with Arthur momentarily rocked by a crashing right hand.
Quigg climbs off canvas to stop Arthur
Scott Quigg came through the first crisis of his career to defend his British super-bantamweight title with an eighth-round stoppage of Jamie Arthur.
Quigg came into the fight protecting a perfect 23-0 record, with his camp already talking about future world-title fights, but he was knocked down in the fourth round before storming back to take the contest.
Quigg was well on top heading into the eighth and landed a stiff body shot, which prompted the referee to call an end to the fight.
It was a cagey opening, with Quigg surprisingly circumspect. Arthur took full advantage of Quigg's cagey display by landing a crunching left that put the champion on the floor.
Quigg took the eight count, absorbed some further shots before landing a fine left of his own towards the end of the fourth.
As the fight entered the middle rounds, Arthur started to feel the pace and Quigg drew confidence from seeing his rival breathe heavily. Big single punches followed by rapid combinations had Arthur rocking and he was cut badly in the seventh.
The fight had turned Quigg's way by the start of the eighth and he landed a huge body shot which prompted referee Mark Green to call off the contest.
The decision did not sit well with the Arthur camp, as they vented their fury at the official, but in truth Quigg was well on his way to victory when the fight was stopped.
Scott Quigg knocks out Jamie Arthur to retain British title
Scott Quigg recovers from fourth-round knockdown to stop Jamie Arthur in the eighth & defend British super-bantamweight titleBy Mike Pope
Scott Quigg rose from the canvas to knock out Jamie Arthur in the eighth round and successfully defend his British super-bantamweight title for the first time on Saturday night in Bolton.
The referee controversially stopped the fight midway through the eighth round after Quigg hurt Arthur with a left hook to the body which made the Welshman turn away from his opponent.
It was an anticlimactic finish but Quigg was ahead on points and in total control of the fight, despite being sent to the canvas early on.
Quigg was floored in the fourth round after Arthur caught him off balance and sent him to the canvas with a short left jab, but the man from Bury was smart and took a knee to regain his composure and finish the round strongly.
The fight had started at a slow pace as both Quigg and Arthur tried to look for openings from distance, with neither having much success.
After the knockdown Quigg, changed tactics and began to fight more aggressively on the front foot taking the space away from Arthur and landing powerful blows to the body and head.
The rest of the fight followed in the same fashion, Quigg landing the more telling and damaging blows with Arthur struggling to reassert his early success.
The victory improved Quigg’s perfect record to 24 wins, 17 by the way of knockout and handed him his first defence of his British title.
The defeat was the sixth of Arthur’s career and the fourth of in his last six, leaving his record at 18 wins, four by the way of knockout and six defeats.
After the fight Scott Quigg said: “I caught him with a good body shot and he caught me square on the chin with a flash knock down. He’s a dangerous fighter. If he wants a rematch we’ll give him a rematch.”
Meanwhile, Jamie Arthur responded to whether or not the fight should have been stopped: “No, it was a good shot but I was off balance. It was turning into an absolute barnstormer of a fight, but like I said it was a disappointing end.”
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