Amir Khan says Scott Quigg's slow start against Carl Frampton cost him dearly
By Tim Hobbs
Last Updated: 28/02/16 8:03am
Amir Khan believes Scott Quigg only has himself to blame for losing his unbeaten record and WBA world title to Carl Frampton.
Quigg lost a split decision in the eagerly-anticipated showdown at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night.
While Khan was full of praise for Frampton, he felt the loser's slow start ultimately cost him dearly.
"I think he gave Frampton too much respect too early on," Khan told Sky Sports Box Office.
Scott should have given it his all for those early rounds. He just started too slowly.
"Maybe Carl knew he was going to get tired later on so he knew he needed to get those rounds under his belt.
"But he also finished strongly. I know Scott had some gas left in his tank as well but he could have gone on through the 12th, 13th or 14th if he had to.
"I just think Scott should have given it his all for those early rounds. He just started too slowly."
Khan, who is moving up to middleweight to take on Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in Las Vegas on May 7, admitted he couldn't split Quigg and Frampton ahead of the unification fight.
But while the Bolton boy questioned Quigg's approach to the biggest fight of his career, he offered high praise for the victorious Frampton.
"He was taking full control, using his jab and using his distance," he said.
"In fact, he was controlling the whole fight and that is why all the early rounds went to him.
"[Quigg] just started too late, maybe one or two rounds earlier he might have got a bit more success and won the fight on points.
"But you can't take anything away from Frampton. He had a great gameplan, he just out-boxed him, then stepped out of the way."