Almost a year on from coming up short in his world title opportunity in Philadelphia against Tevin Farmer, Dubliner Jono Carroll got his career well and truly back on track in Manchester last night with an 11th round stoppage of former world champion Scott Quigg, stopping the Englishman for the first time in his distinguished career.
Quigg is getting knocked out and played with mark my words
— jono carroll (@jono_carroll) February 29, 2020
Carroll dominated the fight throughout in what was described by him and others as a "career best performance". The Englishman never looked able for Carroll's power and speed and many were surprised it took until Carroll's flurry in the eleventh round for his corner to throw in the towel.
Carroll lands Quigg upset 👏
Jono Carroll produced a career-best performance to shock Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena. pic.twitter.com/HMGOQ5NYOu
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) March 7, 2020
Quigg, 31, has put his own future into doubt after the fight, after Carroll became only the third man to beat him after Carl Frampton and Oscar Valdez.
The 27 year old's record now goes to 18-1-1 and should put him back in the conversation for another shot at a world title down the line.
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) March 8, 2020
Carroll spoke in the ring after the fight about his improvements over the past year and why he knows he's ready for a step up to world title level again.
Most definitely. If you take Prizefighter out of my fights, I went into that Tevin Farmer fight with like 12 fights. A lot of my fights were like six rounders, I've only had two or three ten or 12 rounders before I fought Tevin. And then I'm coming up to a world class opponent.
So I just feel like this is my time. I'm 27, almost 28. I'm gaining my power. I'm feeling really good in there. There wasn't one stage that I felt like I was gassing or I was tired. I was picking quality shots, and you could see even at the end, once I caught him on the ropes, I still had power to be able to whack them shots in. And I wasn't just throwing plenty of shots which, if you watch loads of my previous fights, that's what I was doing. It was quantity, but it wasn't quality. Tonight I showed quality.