Frampton Over Quigg By SD


For the first half of his split decision victory over Scott Quigg (31-1-2 23 KO), Carl Frampton (23-0 14 KO), while not overly dominate, controlled the fight.

Using an active jab, slick defense, and timely body shots, Frampton arguably  won at least five out of the first six rounds.

Over the next six, Frampton looked to be wearing down. Quigg started throwing multiple punches, unlike the first half when he looked to be only focused on landing one big shot.

You can credit Quigg’s excellent body work for changing the tone of the fight and making it close down the stretch. Quigg attacked Frampton ‘ s core with work that would have made JCC, Fitzsimmions, Langford, & Armstrong proud.  The right hook to the rib cage was especially impressive and looked to be weakening Frampton.

The tenth was probably the best round of the fight as both men did great work in some toe to toe moments.

Quigg landed his best punch of the fight in the eleventh,  a blistering right hand that stunned Frampton. The Jackal was able to get through the round and came out in the twelfth taking it to Quigg in what was ultimately a close round.

In the end though, it was a case of Quigg starting too late.  Although Quigg  came on,  Frampton was able to make a few of the last six rounds close on his way to a split decision victory

The scores were 116-112 X2 for Frampton and a head scratching 115-113 for Quigg.

With the win, Frampton added Quigg’s WBA bantamweight title to his IBF bantamweight title.

Rigon(deaux) In The New Year


Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0 10 KO ) overcame his opponent’s height and reach advantage and a seventh round knockdown to stop Japan’s Hisashi Amagasa (28-5-1 19 KO) by  eleventh round TKO in route to retaining his WBO and WBA super bantamweight titles at the Bodymaker Colluseum in Osaka, Japan on the eve of the new year.

Amagasa jumped on Rigondeaux at the opening bell and threw a flurry of punches that were mostly blocked by Rigondeaux gloves. The round proceeded into a feeling out process as Rigondeaux tried to solve his opponent’s six and a half inch height and three inch reach advantage.  

In round two, Rigondeaux, a southpaw, started to find a home for the overhand left which was being set up nicely by his jab. Amagasa’s face was visibly starting to show the effects of The Jackal’s power as he started to swell around both eyes.  In the third round,  Rigondeaux started crouching and fighting low causing Amagasa to negate his own height advantage as he lowered himself to try and land his arsenal on Rigo. Due to Rigondeaux’s superior athleticism,  he parried most of Amagasa’s assault while countering him repeatedly. 

As he did in the first three rounds,  Rigondeaux strategically allowed Amagasa to be the aggressor and move forward as he countered the challenger with a stiff jab and power hooks. Rigondeaux picked up his speed and movement in round four and landed quick shots at his onrushing foe but Amagasa was able to land a few punches of his own and may have had his best round through four. 

To start the fifth,  Rigondeaux landed a stiff straight left that seemed to buckle Amagasa. Sensing he may have hurt his opponent,  Rigondeaux moved forward and went left hand crazy landing several overhand lefts as Amagasa reeled into the ropes.  Amagasa recovered and the action resumed as it had the previous four rounds, Amagasa moving forward and Rigondeaux picking him off with quick jabs and left crosses. 

Rigondeaux controlled the entire sixth round with his movement as he utilized some of the finest footwork you will ever see.

In the seventh, it all seemed to be going well for Rigondeaux until he spun around Amagasa and was caught by a quick right which dropped him with thirty seconds left in the round.  Rigondeaux was up quickly but Amagasa charged the champion and swung wildly landing a solid right that seemed to momentarily stun the champion. As Rigo tried his best to tie up Amagasa he was pushed down to the canvas and it was (incorrectly) ruled a knockdown by referee Mike Ortega. Rigondeaux was up quickly as the round ended. 

Said Rigondeaux, “The first punch which caused the knockdown was not a powerful blow. I was caught off balance and suffered a flash knockdown. I was not hurt, but I had to be on guard as my opponent gained confidence and threw everything at me in that round,”

Energized by his heroics in the seventh, Amagasa went on the attack in the eighth but Rigondeaux calmly countered him repeatedly with straight left crosses and was beginning to sit down on his punches. Again using beautiful lateral movement and parrying punches in the ninth, Rigondeaux controlled all aspects of the round. All of the damage done by his left hand was evident as Amagasa’s right eye was a protruding mass to close the round.

In the tenth, Rigondeaux moved forward as the aggressor and Amagasa was forced to fight going backwards which clearly took him out of his comfort zone.  Rigondeaux dropped Amagasa with a beautifully timed straight left half way through the round.  Amagasa got up but was a little wobbly on his feet. Rigondeaux took his time and walked down Amagasa landing multiple combinations to the bell.

Looking like a beaten fighter entering the eleventh with both eyes closing and the left side of his face swollen , Amagasa did very little as Rigondeaux continued to land just about anything that he threw.  At the close of the round, Amagasa went to his stool where the fight was stopped by his corner.

At the time of the stoppage, Rigondeaux was leading on all cards with scores of, 107-99 X2 and 105-101. This was Rigondeaux’s seventh defense of his WBA and fourth defense of his WBO 122 pound titles. 

Rigondeaux boxed beautifully throughout the fight and was intent on being more active. “The boxing public has been asking for more action, so I delivered” said Rigondeaux.

“I have a lot of skills. On Wednesday night, I showed I can mix it up and, more importantly, that I can close the show in devastating fashion.”

Manager Gary Hyde agreed, “The fans have hinted that they want blood and guts, and Rigo certainly showed he can massacre fighters if needs be.”

On what is next for Rigondeaux,  Hyde stated, “Rigo is looking at forcing the WBA to order the (Scott) Quigg fight. He would like the (Leo) Santa Cruz fight, also, but the guy wants no part of him”

“Santa Cruz is a joke. I will not attend the show,” said Rigondeaux referring to Santa Cruz’s Janury 17 date against Jesus Ruiz  “I have no interest in watching him fighting another soft opponent”

There is so much high level talent here and around this division with Rigondeaux, Carl Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz, Scott Quigg, Vasyl Lomachenko, Nicholas Walters, Abner Mares, that it would make sense to hold a tournament. That would be epic.

Frampton Dominates Martinez In Rematch To Capture IBF Super Bantamweight Title

Carl Frampton was every part the “jackal” in defeating Kiko Martinez by unanimous decision in front of a raucous hometown crowd in Belfast. Frampton took Martinez’s title with scores of 119-108 on two cards and 118-111 on the third.

Although Martinez was game and had a few moments throughout the bout, Frampton was simply too much in every aspect. He was the faster fighter, landed the harder shots, worked the body more efficiently, and was more proficient in his movements ensuring success in all of the aforementioned areas.

The fifth round was one of the more eventful rounds. Both fighters came out with increased aggression to start the fifth after the referee informed both corners that he had ruled that an accidental headbutt had occurred in the fourth. Martinez had a cut over his left eye which may have worsened or was a result of the clash of heads. While both combatants looked to land their punches, Frampton slipped and fell to both knees. Martinez looked to capitalize on his downed opponent by throwing a punch and skimming the back of his head which prompted a stern warning by the referee. As the action continued, Martinez moved forward in an attempt to impose his will. During an exchange, Martinez failed to keep his left guard up and was caught by an overhand counter right by Frampton which dropped him to the canvas. He was not overly hurt by the shot and was able to survive the round.

So what’s next for the new titlist? Maybe the Scott Quigg fight can be sorted out and made, assuming Quigg wins his fight next weekend. If not, there are plenty of options such as Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares, Guillermo Rigondeaux, and Abner Mares. Actually, I could keep going so maybe we can just set up a bracket and go from there? It looks like this division is in for a sustained run.

Congrats Champ, well done. With apologies to Peter Frampton, another Frampton “comes alive”.