If anyone expected that last Saturday’s fights would start with a bang with the much-anticipated matchup of Frampton vs. Quigg, they couldn’t have been more wrong. For all of the talking over the last five years, all of the buildup and promotion, the fight didn’t deliver anything close to what was promised.
It was a very lackluster start with either fighter really deserving points the first few rounds, a few of which I scored 10-10. Both fighters were cautious and looked awkward throughout those early rounds. Carl Frampton was smart enough to do the absolute minimum required to win him some early rounds, while Scott Quigg’s game plan left most onlookers scratching their heads.
Quigg finally made an adjustment in the second half of the fight and amped up the aggression in round seven, realizing he needed to start doing something in order to win the fight with the rounds Frampton had banked on minimal activity. Quigg was able to deliver some big shots in those late rounds, one that was likely the biggest punch of the fight that seemed to momentarily buzz Frampton.
Both fighters finally gave the crowd what they wanted in the 12th. Quigg looked to press the action again, but Frampton was effective in limiting Quigg by picking him off with a few shots on the way in.
The result was a split decision for Frampton. While many in the media are up in arms about the one card in favor of Quigg, I think I saw the fight much closer than most did, especially after re-watching it and reflecting on it the last week. I can see a case for a draw and honestly can see a case for split decision in favor of both fighters.
While 10-10 scoring is a rarity, I think in this situation, it certainly fit. If you are judging just by aggression or who punched more, you may have scored the first two rounds for Frampton, but it was ineffective aggression, and many of Frampton’s punches hit Quigg’s gloves. Frampton landed just 14 percent of his total punches, and while punch stats should never dictate the winner of the fight, Quigg landed more punches, albeit most of them later, and landed at a higher percentage overall.
I was impressed by Frampton in spots, and I could say the same for Quigg. For as much as the Daily Mail insists that Frampton delivered a master class, and scoring it 117-113 for Frampton, I think this officially has to set up a rematch, after Frampton either fights his mandatory or takes on another challenge.
Hopefully a rematch will deliver a bit more than this fight did. I have to give credit to the fans in Manchester, who provided a great atmosphere and seemed to love every bit of a fight that would have easily been booed on American soil.
In matching two outstanding fighters, I think everyone, including myself, bought into the hype that it may be all action, but like another similar fight pitting two of the best in their weight class, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, it didn’t deliver.
Luckily the other fights that night delivered, but this seems to be a matchup that could end in several different outcomes every time they fight.