Scott Quigg retains WBA title with devastating knockout win over Diego Silva
Scott Quigg secured his first win as world champion after he demolished Diego Oscar Silva in the second round.
Last Updated: 14/04/14 4:01pm
Quigg was awarded the WBA super-bantamweight title and defended it with a draw against Yoandris Salinas last month, but he kick-started his reign with an explosive victory in Manchester.
The Bury man quickly found his range, landing a looping hook in the opening seconds before unleashing a sharp right hand later in the opener.
Silva suddenly seemed fragile as Quigg upped his assault and an uppercut followed by a body shot sent the Argentine crumpling to the canvas.
He rose unsteadily to his feet, but Quigg finished his foe in dramatic fashion as a ferocious right hook robbed Silva of his senses.
Referee Terry O'Connor quickly waved off the fight as Silva lay prone on the canvas and he thankfully was helped to his feet after a few minutes.
Quigg admitted he was determined to show that he is a worthy world champion.
He said: "This is what I have dreamed of and coming back here I wanted to make a statement and prove I deserve to be world champion in front of all these fans. It was absolutely amazing.
"My tactics from the last fight were obviously different. I wanted to come out and make a statement and show that I've got the punch power and the aggression is still there. It was controlled and I felt like I picked my shots, I didn't over rush it, but I enjoyed it in there.
"He was probably made for me a bit more, he was more aggressive. He was coming to me and I didn't have to go looking for him.
"Fight-by-fight I'll grow into being a world champion. I feel like boxing Salinas, I've improved so much. I learnt so much in that fight. I think it proved today that I've gone up another level."
Promoter Eddie Hearn has been unable to agree a fight with Irish rival Carl Frampton, but is hoping to arrange a unification fight against Kiko Martinez, who defends his IBF title against Jeffrey Mathebula on December 21.
"We want that fight with Kiko Martinez now," said Hearn. "We are already in deep talks. Joe Gallagher and Scott will fly out there on the 21st to watch the fight and hopefully we can get that made."