Former WBA world super-bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (35-2-2, 26 Ko’s) and former IBF world super-featherweight title challenger Jono Carroll (17-1-1, 3 Ko’s) meet in a crossroads fight to determine which one will once again enter title contention status when they meet at The Manchester Arena on Saturday 8th March. The Matchroom Boxing promoted event will be streamed in the USA on DAZN and shown in the UK on Sky Sports.
It’s hard not to like both of these fighters, but for very different reasons. Quigg is a softly spoken, outwardly respectful guy who says things as he sees them whereas, Carroll is a buzz saw of energy and hype who portrays himself as some sort of ‘Mad Leprechaun,’ he is a promoter’s dream come true because he can be both outrageous and very personable at the same time.
Of the two, Quigg is the one with all the experience at the top level having won and defended the WBA 122lb crown on five occasions. There was also a draw with Cuban Yoandris Salinas which for many was the result of poor work from the ringside judges, but the 31-year-old who hails from Bury in Lancashire, England also engaged in an epic WBO featherweight title fight against champion Oscar Valdez in March 2018. Although Quigg failed to make the 126lb featherweight limit, thus eliminating the possibility of winning the title, the fight was a real war and the fans lapped up the action. The fact that Valdez fought through the pain of a broken jaw just added to the fights kudos.
Carroll likes to put pressure on his opponents but he does so in a neat and tidy manner tucked up behind a high guard and slipping to the sides and under the punches coming his way. He is probably a hard man to contain over the 12 round distance for all but the top-level performers.
Carroll’s challenge to IBF champ Tevin Farmer showed the gap in class when he faced the slick and quick Philadelphian southpaw. Carroll never stopped giving 100% effort but ultimately was a step behind Farmer who could well be the best at 130lbs in the world today.
The Dublin native may have been fortunate when receiving a split decision draw in his fight with France’s Guillaume Frenois at The Sheffield Arena in December 2018. Thankfully no-one lost out because both received title shots against Farmer, but, Frenois looked to have done enough that night.
Quigg has some miles on the clock whereas Carroll is still only 27-years-old and nearing his prime, so this could be a changing of the guard, but Quigg should have too much experience at this level for the Irishman.
I don’t see the weight being a factor as Quigg had out-grown the featherweight limit when he faced Oscar Valdez in 2018 and Carroll is not a big puncher.
This should be a good action fight where owning ring centre will play a big part in proceedings.
Prediction: Quigg to win a close decision.