Fighting on enemy turf in Manchester, England, Jono Carroll, a 27-year-old Dublin southpaw, scored the biggest win of his career with a one-sided shellacking of favored Scott Quigg. With his superior work-rate, Carroll gradually broke down the former WBA 122-pound world title-holder until Quigg’s trainer Joe Gallagher mercifully stopped the carnage in the 11th round.
Although Carroll, now 18-1-1, was naturally the bigger man, he had won only three fights inside the distance and it was generally thought that he lacked the firepower to overcome the more experienced Quigg who had broken Oscar Valdez’s jaw in his last meaningful fight, albeit in a losing effort.
The heavily bearded Carroll, an interesting bloke, was making his second start since being out-pointed by Tevin Farmer in Philadelphia in a hugely entertaining fight. Quigg had nice run as a super-bantamweight title-holder, successfully defending the belt four times before losing a unification fight to Carl Frampton but, at age 31, may have reached the end of the road.
Huey Fury, the quiet member of the obstreperous Fury clan, has yet to defeat a world-class heavyweight, but tonight he advanced his record to 24-3 (14) with a third-round stoppage of overmatched Pavel Sour. Fury, the 6-foot-6 cousin of the “Gypsy King,” knocked Sour to the canvas with a chopping right hand in the second and again in the third, the second knockdown prompting Sour’s corner to throw in the towel. A 37-year-old Czech who turned pro at age 34, Sour suffered his third loss in 14 starts.
In a spirited affair, England’s Zach Parker (19-0, 13 KOs) remained undefeated with an 11th round stoppage of Australia’s Rohan Murdock (24-2). Many of the rounds were close, but Parker was ahead going into the 11th where he knocked Murdock down hard with a sweeping left hook. There were only seconds remaining in the round and the Aussie made it to his feet, but the referee waived it off.
With the victory, Parker theoretically becomes next in line to challenge WBO 168-pound champion Billy Joe Saunders, a moot point if Saunders opposes Canelo Alvarez on May 2 as has been widely reported. If not Saunders, there are interesting domestic clashes potentially on the horizon with Callum Smith, John Ryder, and perhaps Chris Eubank Jr.
In another bout of note, multi-talented 21-year-old welterweight Reshat Mati (7-0, 5 KOs) put away Tanzania’s Abdallah Luanja (13-8-2) in the second round. Mati, who prides himself on his skills as a body puncher, put Luanja down with a body punch and then nailed him with a right before Luanja was fully upright.
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