On what was a relatively quiet weekend for the sweet science one mans performance stood as tall as King Kong and above all others. The Manchester arena was host to the weekends only major card, and after quite a bit of build-up and a weigh-in shoving match, “King Kong” Jono Carroll of Dublin, Ireland, delivered a career-best performance in taking apart and outclassing former world champ Scott Quigg scoring a one-sided 11th round TKO victory. To run his record to 18-1-1 (4) as well as secure our Fighter of the Week award and likely put himself in position to score another a world title shot in the wide-open 130-pound division. Carroll came up just short in losing a very close decision to then IBF champ Tevin Farmer back in March of 2019.
Carroll handed in an absolutely epic performance, he was simply too quick and too sharp and outboxed the former world champ from the opening bell on, staggering the former world champ with a perfectly placed uppercut in the opening stanza. After a rough first round, Quigg came out aggressively in the second, slinging in overhand rights, but had little success as the Irishman’s head movement was too slick and elusive avoiding most of Quigg’s heavy artillery. By round number four, Carroll was in complete control, dominating the fight with a relentless punch output as well as a lightning-quick jab. Carroll began to pick up the pace, stepping in and leading with big hooks, that seemed to make Quigg uncomfortable. By, the sixth round the outclassing started to become a beat down as Carroll’s body attack was starting to take its toll. The Dublin native landed a string of power shots that the former world champ could neither dodge nor counter. From that point on it was painfully obvious that Quigg had no answers and no shot. Every round looked the same as Carroll outboxed and outmaneuvered his opponent and Quigg’s corner told him to step it up or they were going to stop the fight round after round. That threat became a reality in the eleventh. In, yet another one-sided round, two short hooks from Carroll backed Quigg up, with Carroll now on the attack and unloading heavy shots, the former champ’s corner did the only thing they could and fired in the towel, stopping the fight. Giving Carroll the biggest victory of his career. Quigg announced his retirement after the fight. He is 31-years-old and will finish with a career record of 35-3-2 (26)
After that type of performance and Carroll’s natural gift of gab and ability to sell a fight, he is going to be at no shortage of attractive options for his next opponents. Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions are the promoter of current IBF world champ Jo Jo Diaz, and Oscar loves to make Mexican Vs Irish fights. A fight with the current IBF champ would be an all-action 50/50 type of fight and a can’t miss thriller. If that fight is unable to be made, other attractive options would be a scrap with Rene Alvarado who holds a version of the WBA strap or a rematch with the only man to defeat Carroll, former IBF champ Tevin Farmer who owns a somewhat controversial 12-round UD victory over the Irishman. Each of these fights would all be highly competitive, high action and highly lucrative fights for Carroll