Danny Flexen weighs up Scott Quigg vs Jono Carroll, set for March 7 in Manchester
Scott Quigg and Jono Carroll clash at super-featherweight on March 7 in Manchester. Here are some important factors to consider.
Quigg has yet to have a challenging fight above 126lbs while Carroll is a career super-feather. Quigg’s size and strength proved a significant advantage down at super-bantam but he admitted to me last year that is no longer the case as he rises through the divisions. Carroll may not be a huge puncher but he is a physically strong, grinding machine who sets a relentless pace.
A scheduled clash with Jayson Velez, set for April last year before Quigg suffered a serious biceps injury, would have kept Scott active and given an indication of his chances at 130lbs. Then the Carroll match was postponed from December as his arm was not yet fully healed. As it stands, he’ll have been out for over 16 months come March 7. Carroll, meanwhile, has not competed since August but fought twice in 2019, going 34 quality rounds in just over a year (three fights) leading up to this recent hiatus.
Success at world level
With all due respect to Declan Geraghty, he remains Carroll’s best win and Jono’s fellow Dubliner has since been stopped more rapidly by Mark McCullough and Archie Sharp. Quigg was a world champion for two-and-a-half years at super-bantam, won a final eliminator at feather and has beaten better opponents like Kiko Martinez, Hidenori Otake and Oleg Yefimovych. On the losing side, Quigg, albeit overweight, proved competitive against Oscar Valdez not too long ago, while Carroll also put forth a worthy effort opposite Tevin Farmer in his only world title try last March. Farmer has since invited Carroll for sparring so maybe the contest was tougher for the American than the clear scores suggested.
Carroll is trained by Albert Ayrapetyan at MTK Marbella and will benefit from the climate there and of course the additional in-ring time with Farmer. Quigg has returned to the esteemed Joe Gallagher, with whom he enjoyed his greatest success, after working with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card gym and having obtained ample world-class sparring.