Quigg quashes Martinez, Perez-Crolla draw
WBA super-bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (31-0-2, 23 KOs) stopped Spain's Kiko Martinez (32-6, 24 KOs) in the second round on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester.
The unbeaten British fighter dropped the former world champion twice in the second round before the referee stopped the bout.
Martinez charged forward and took the fight to the champion in the opening round while Quigg remained on the back foot. But that soon changed in the second round when the Bury boxer landed a fierce right uppercut followed by a barrage of hooks that sent Martinez to the canvas.
The tough challenger got back up but Quigg, sensing an early finish, unleashed more hard shots that sent Martinez down for the second time.
Martinez again got back to his feet but was too hurt to continue and the referee stopped the bout at 1:04 of the round.
Also on the card, WBA lightweight champion Darleys Perez (33-1, 20 KOs) and British challenger Anthony Crolla (29-5-2, 11 KOs) fought to a majority draw.
It seemed Crolla outworked the Colombian visitor throughout but while one judge had it 116-111 in favour of the hometown favourite, the other two judges both scored it a 113-113 draw.
After a quiet opener, Crolla landed the first notable punch when a right hook visibly shook Perez in the second, but there was not enough time left in the round to follow up.
Crolla went on the attack in the following rounds and was throwing the more punches. But Perez would stage a fightback.
The challenger remained busier at the halfway point but Perez was landing the harder punches and Crolla was cut beneath his right eye.
Perez came on strong late on but Crolla continued moving forwards regardless of any shots that he was taking. Point deductions from Perez in the 11th and 12th for low blows looked to have sealed the victory for Crolla until the judges verdict were announced.