Anthony Crolla denied a dream win but Scott Quigg retains title
Last Updated: 20/07/15 10:58am
Following a thrilling night of world title action in Europe, we pick out five things we learned on Saturday night.
Fairytales don't exist
Everyone assumed that the points deductions had rubber-stamped the conclusion to the remarkable story of comeback kid Anthony Crolla. Manchester was waiting to raise its latest world champion towards the roof of the Manchester Arena.
The judges saw it differently. One had Crolla winning by five rounds but, crucially, the other two scored the bout as a draw, leaving Darleys Perez to take home the WBA world lightweight title and leave the home fighter deflated.
Glenn McCrory was left "speechless" by the decision. Perez's team celebrated in the ring. Crolla, somehow, managed to keep hold of his emotions in the post-fight interview and vowed to come back better again.
It was cruel. The popular Mancunian worked hard to return to boxing having sustained a fractured skull and broken ankle when confronting burglars near his home at the end of last year.
Crolla worked exceptionally hard on the night, too. He wobbled Perez early in the fight with a looping hook, appeared to be the aggressor throughout and stood up to at least a trio of low blows from the Colombian. The decision was... strange.
A Quigg-fire turnaround
Ahead of Saturday night, most thought Carl Frampton would beat Scott Quigg. Even the challenger to Quigg's WBA super-bantamweight belt, Kiko Martinez, claimed the Belfast man would stop Quigg.
Martinez was twice beaten by Frampton - once via ninth-round stoppage and once on points. Quigg was under pressure to replicate or better those performances. He did so in some style and secured himself valuable bargaining chips in the ongoing Quigg v Frampton saga.
While Bury's Quigg was landing a sweet uppercut to set him on the way to a second-round stoppage that brought the house down, Frampton was a long way from home in Texas and in trouble against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr.
The 28-year-old IBF champion was knocked down twice in the opening round and had to knuckle down thereafter to record a wide-margin points win. The relief on the face of his manager Barry McGuigan said it all.
In the lead-up to the fights, McGuigan had questioned Quigg as 'a headline act' and said that Frampton was worth a significantly bigger share of any potential purse. If 'The Jackal' stays in the division, there is more interest in the fight being made than ever and the scales may have just tipped a little in Quigg's favour.
The Price is wrong
It had all looked so promising in the early stages of David Price's career. In his first 15 professional fights, only two opponents took the giant Liverpudlian past four rounds as he steamrollered his way to the British title.
Domestic heavyweights such as John McDermott, Audley Harrison and Sam Sexton had all been dispatched early on and Price was being touted as a genuine world title candidate.
Then everything changed. Back-to-back knockout defeats to American Tony Thompson in 2013 - both in front of his home fans at the Echo Arena - shattered the aura surrounding Price.
Some say there is a fighter out there who 'has your number' but on Friday night, Erkan Teper showed Price could be knocked out by others besides Thompson - laying him out with a short left hook that clinched the European title.
Price had been making noises about getting to the very top of the sport, but the third knockout defeat of his career leaves him having to rebuild all over again.
Eggington is cracking
At the age of just 21, Sam Eggington is the Commonwealth and British welterweight champion.
The Stourbridge fighter (16-2-KO9) has been going about his business quietly but on Saturday night in front of watching welterweight giants Kell Brook and Amir Khan, he served up a performance full of real promise.
The clash with the previously-unbeaten Glenn Foot was supposed to be a 50-50 coin toss but Eggington, who exhibited some superb counter-punching to turn Foot's natural aggression against him, recorded an eighth-round stoppage.
It was the manner of the victory that was as impressive as anything. For one so young, Eggington appeared calm and in control throughout - utilising his reach advantage well and timing some spiteful shots.
Carl Froch was "really excited about Eggington's future" after the bout and with a step up to European and world level seemingly inevitable, the youngster's time in the sun is likely to come sooner rather than later.
The weight goes on
The trend of missing weight and paying for it continued on the Texas card, where Julio Cesar Chavez Jr beat fellow Mexican Marcos Reyes on points.
The bout was originally scheduled as a super-middleweight contest but was upped to 170lbs during fight week with Chavez Jr struggling to make weight. Then at Friday's weigh-in, he missed that limit.
It's not the first time former middleweight world champion Chavez Jr has failed to make weight. He was a whopping 4.5lbs over for his fight against Bryan Vera in 2013. Of course, he's not the only one being liberal with weight issues lately - are divisions going to end up being relevant at all to non-title fights?
Reyes said afterwards: "[The weight] makes a difference and he didn't make the weight. He's a light-heavyweight fighting a middleweight."
If fight fans in El Paso needed any more excuses to side with Reyes, Chavez Jr was happy to provide them. He complained to the referee after an accidental clash of heads and that prompted the referee to deduct Reyes a point - much to the anger of those in attendance.