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Written by Ian Wallwork


Scott Quigg in a less-than-perfect win over Jamie Arthur, while Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Steve Cunningham go the distance.


Earlier in this blog we said the only reason Scott Quigg might struggle against Jamie Arthur was if he made the mistake of looking past his opponent. It's easy to do; I play Fight Night Champion while I wait for early-hours American fights to start and sometimes I get matched up with what looks like an easy opponent - more fool me. But the worst that comes from me overlooking an opponent is a bruised ego; in real boxing you will get punched to the floor.

That's what happened to Scott Quigg last night when a Jamie Arthur left hook knocked him to the floor in the 4th. It was the peak of a surprising performance from Arthur, where he put up more of a fight than we expected. Even so he still lost out on a stoppage, the referee calling off the bout in the eighth, and he sees his record drop to an unimpressive 18-6, making him 2-3 in his last five. Arthur has a hell of a lot to come back from now.

Quigg did what he had to and got the win, keeping him on a course that seems tied with Carl Frampton's. Last night wasn't his greatest performance and the knockdown raised questions about him, but it also answered others, like "how will Quigg react to being put on his ass?" The answer is pretty good, actually.

Quigg will move upwards and Arthur needs to regroup. Here's what Scott Quigg told Sky Sports about a rematch and his future:
"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.”
Talking of futures, has Steve Cunningham come to the end of the line? He lost a debateable decision to Yoan Pablo Hernandez in a rematch of their fight last October. I wonder if Cunningham will call it quits now.

He's lost two of his last five, both to Hernandez, and has been knocked down four times. Cunningham gets put on the floor too easily, and getting up shows he has a lot of heart, but it doesn't stop us questioning his chin. 

At 35, having lost out twice to a younger fighter, Cunningham might to put a stop to the punishment. If you're getting knocked down as much as he does, there is a problem in your game. Cunningham might feel too old to make the style changes necessary to keep his brain intact and stop him being knocked to the floor.

The judge's scores were 116-110, 116-110 and 115-111 in favour of defending IBF champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez. He had Cunningham down twice in the forth round and in the fifth he tried to kill it off, but Cunningham still had something for him. He took the it to Hernandez and made the fight much more competitive than you'd expect having seen him down twice.

The judges scores belied what was a two-sided fight, and when they were announced sites like Twitter exploded, the cry of 'robbery' said enough to make you appreciate what a resident in Dick Turpin's town must have felt like. Really though, it was a debatable score. You could make a case for either fighter, and to call it a robbery is an exaggeration. This was no Helenius – Chisora.

Last night Cunningham said he has no plans to retire. I can't see him coming back, but I hope I'm wrong. After getting up from knockdowns two fights in a row and making a case for winning both fights, Cunningham has shown himself to be a good example to young boxers everywhere. Plenty of fighters are still going at 40+ years, so at 35 Cunningham doesn't have to quit.