Harry Pratt

Quigg defends title, stops Arthur in eight

Junior featherweight Scott Quigg maintained his unbeaten record with a successful first British title defense — but only after getting off the floor to stop Scotland’s Jamie Arthur in the eighth round at the Reebok, Bolton, on Saturday.

The Bury contender, 23, looked in real trouble when dropped in the fourth by a left hook from 32-year-old Arthur. It was the first time in his career Quigg had been down.

However, demonstrating both resilience and punching power, the young titleholder survived and then thrived as he seized control of the contest midway through the next round. From then on there was only one winner — even if the referee was a little hasty calling a halt to the action after just 35 seconds of the eighth.

Arthur (18-6, 4 knockouts), who had a cut right eye, admitted that he was hurt — but was still far from happy with the sudden intervention. As a result Quigg (24-0, 17 KOs) is offering a rematch.

“He caught me square on with a flash knockdown, but I got up and kept my composure,” said the English star. “If he feels disappointed about the result, I’d gladly give him a rematch — otherwise we’ll have to sit down and see what options there are for me.”

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