SCOTT Quigg suggests the manner in which he beat Kiko Martinez has moved him ahead of Carl Frampton in the super bantamweight pecking order.
On the same night as ‘The Jackal’ was making his American debut Quigg was taking a massive risk against dangerous former World Champion Kiko Martinez, a risk that paid off.
The Matchroom puncher stopped a fighter that took Frampton eight and 12 rounds in respective title fights within in the second round.
There are some Irish fight fans, who are keen to point out Quigg looked terrible in round one, but admit he has earned respect with his display.
The Bury man has certainly taken massive confidence from his victory and he argues it is proof he is the better of the two rivals.
“He [Frampton] struggled a bit,” Quigg told Sky Sports the day after the clash. “I’ve just gone and beaten the best fighter he’s fought. Martinez went 12 rounds with Frampton; he lasted two rounds with me.
“Who’s in the driving seat now?”
“I was expecting 12 torturous rounds. This was the first fighter that people were saying would be a real test.
“You see the more fear I have, the more I thrive on it. The better the fighter, the better the opponent, the better the performance will be.
“It’s performances like last night that are going to lead me to fights with the likes of [Filipino/American] Nonito Donaire or [Mexican] Leo Santa Cruz.
“I’m on top of the world. Last night couldn’t have gone any better. I put in the best performance of my career.”
The aforementioned super-bantamweight big names have all be mentioned since the ‘Manchester Massacre’, but despite initial indications otherwise it seems Frampton is still top of Quigg and indeed Matchroom’s wish list.
“I’ve always wanted the fight. The chance to prove I’m the best, prove I can beat him if he wants to get in the ring with me,” said Quigg. “If he wants the fight, I’m here.”