Scott Quigg is on the hunt for world titles after scoring a second-round knockout victory in Boston’s TD Garden Arena.
Appearing on the Matchroom USA card, streamed on DAZN and presented in the UK and Ireland on Sky Sports, Quigg needed an impressive display to remain relevant.
Opponent Mario Briones had been knocked out twice in his last three fights so punch resistance was an issue. Quigg immediately set about testing out the Mexican’s chin, body and heart. Briones was able to find a home for his left uppercut as Quigg’s face reddened.
Scott was not in the mood to hang around and started unleashing big bombs in the second round. Unnerved by the number of clean head shots Briones was taking, the referee jumped in at 1-12 and called a halt to the eight-rounder.
Quigg improved his record to 35-2-2 and the Bury man weighed in at super-featherweight but is believed to be seeking opportunities back down at featherweight should they appear.
In a competitive rematch of a June scrap that saw Walter Wright surprise unbeaten Mark DeLuca and come out on top, DeLuca gained his revenge over ten rounds.
Switch-hitting DeLuca started strong, but his physical strength diminished as the bout progressed. The pair furiously exchanged in the seventh until Wright’s mouthpiece became forcibly dislodged. Wright appeared to be doing the better work late on; especially during an intense final session.
Well-supported DeLuca got the nod by scores of 97-93 and 96-94 x2. A good win for the Massachusetts man but he’s not going anywhere near world level.
Eddie Hearn’s Kazakhstan hope, Daniyar Yeleussinov, scored an early knockout victory over Salem brawler Matt Doherty. The winner, a 2016 Olympic gold medallist, has skills but some had questioned his punching power. Cue a one-round stoppage. Boos rang out around the arena as experienced referee Arthur Mercante Jr intervened at 2-33 of the first (scheduled for six).
Doherty was on the receiving end of a rapid-fire combination of shots that started at the body and ended up at the head. The stoppage may have been slightly premature given Doherty’s tough-guy reputation, but this was only going to end one way.
Irish heavyweight Niall Kennedy scored a six-round points success over rough-and-tumble MMA product Brandon Barrett. Someone’s 0 had to go in this battle of the big men and Barrett dropped to 7-1-2 after Gorey’s Kennedy got the win. Shorter Barrett was dropped in the fifth and on jelly legs until the conclusion. The judges had it unanimous to Kennedy.
Sean McComb opened the show with a third-round stoppage win over Carlos Galindo. Southpaw McComb’s raking body shots were too much for the soft torso of brave Galindo.