Scott Quigg keeps his WBA title after draw with Yoandris Salinas
Scott Quigg retained his WBA super-bantamweight title with a majority draw against Yoandris Salinas.
Last Updated: 06/10/13 5:24pm
Quigg was making the first defence of his newly acquired WBA title and struggled to pin down the slick Salinas in the cagey early rounds, but his late charge closed the tally on the scorecards.
Two judges scored the bout 114-114, while the other made it 115-113 to Quigg and the two fighters were unhappy with the unsatisfactory verdict.
Both men swapped range-finding jabs in a cagey opener and Salinas appeared to edge the round with his swift left hand.
A body shot appeared to briefly bother Salinas in the second, but the Cuban continued to pump out his accurate jab and Quigg was caught by a steady stream of lefts in the third.
The slow pace suited the patient Salinas, but Quigg raised the tempo in the fourth and landed a decent right hand, while the Bury man sunk home body shots in the fifth.
Salinas responded well in the sixth, dictating the round with his precise jab, and there was little to split the two in a scrappy seventh with both men struggling to land clean punches.
Quigg showed more urgency in the eighth and enjoyed success with hooks to the body, while Salinas was unsettled by some crisp combinations in the ninth.
With just a few rounds remaining, Quigg appeared to have timed his charge well and hooks hammered into Salinas' ribs in the tenth.
Salinas sensed the fight was turning against him and stood and traded in the 11th, but Quigg was relishing the battle and unleashed a barrage of punches.
A hurtful hook seemed to unravel Salinas' defences in the final round, but there was a brief scare when Quigg fell to the canvas which was correctly ruled as a slip.
"I feel I won the fight," said Quigg afterwards. "I feel I won it by a round or two rounds.
"I stuck to the gameplan for five or six rounds. We knew he was going to be sharp early on and I couldn't have gone how I did in the last five rounds like that from the start because I would have been picked off.
"We stuck to the plan. It felt like I was in control all the way through. Obviously I'm gutted that I didn't get the win.
"I've just been in with a world class fighter. He had 300 odd amateur fights and I had 12. I belong at world level and I think I just proved that."