BURY’S boxing world champion Scott Quigg promised he would put on a show at Manchester’s Phones 4u Arena on Saturday night and he did just that – albeit for less than six minutes.
For the second time in succession, the 25-year-old blitzed his opponent inside two rounds to retain his WBA world super-bantamweight belt and stretch his unbeaten professional record to 28 wins from 30 fights.
He left South African Tshifhiwa Munyai – a late replacement for Nehomar Cermeno – on the canvas twice before the fight was stopped just one minute and 56 seconds into the second round.
And Quigg says the Manchester boxing public saw the best of his punching power.
He said: “He was a dangerous opponent coming in at the last minute. He was already over here and had been here a while so was in shape in training and he jumped at the chance to take the fight.
“He was a totally different style to what we had been training for so it was a dangerous fight.
“There were people behind the scenes of boxing predicting an upset.
“I said people were going to see the best of Scott Quigg and I think they did.
“That’s the best Scott Quigg that is available at this time. I am going to get better and improve. I knew people would see something they have not seen before from me. The fans that came out want exciting nights not just 12-round points wins.
“I had to deliver and I think I did.”
After a tentative start with Quigg weighing up a man nicknamed “The Atomic Spider”, the Bury star quickly began to untangle Munyai’s web. He caught him plum with a superb left hook to floor him near the end of the first round before the attempt to finish him off was thwarted by the bell.
But a quick left-right combination – the second landing perfectly on Munyai’s chin – sent the opponent to the floor again in the second round.
Again, the South African survived an eight-count but when a barrage of blows followed soon after, it made Munyai look more like an atomic kitten than spider, and referee Howard Foster stopped the fight.
Quigg added: “The finish just happened. The first shot I put him down with was just a reaction shot and I was surprised he got up from that or the right hand I put him down with in the second. I knew I had connected right.
“No one has ever down that to Munyai – he’s durable and tough.
“To put him on his pants in the first round shocked me a bit but just shows what I can do.
“I destroyed him really and the other elite fighters in my division are going to be wary now.
“I always know I carry one-punch knockout power and I delivered tonight.”
Trainer Joe Gallagher was rightly proud of the boxer, who trains as part of his camp at Amir Khan’s Gloves Gym in Bolton.
And he says it was another demonstration of his precocious talent.
Gallagher added: “It was a world-class performance from a world champion with world-class power in both hands against a genuine contender.
“He (Munyai) is 28 and had two good wins last year – no one can take any credit away from Scott.
“People said he had late notice but he was in the country for four or five weeks sparing. Scott has a week’s notice and had to change his gameplan. He produced two stunning punches that would have decked any super bantamweight in the world.
“I am really pleased for him.”