Scott Quigg defends his WBA Super Bantamweight title against Belgian challenger Stephane Jamoye at the Phones 4U Arena Manchester, England on September 13th.
The Bury boxer is widely expected to come through the bout unscathed by utilising his natural height and reach advantages along with his superior technical skill to set up a British Blockbuster and world title unification showdown with newly crowned IBF Champion Carl Frampton.
Jamoye has mainly operated down at Bantamweight (118lbs) throughout his career where he has gained stoppage victories against some of Britain’s domestic level fighters in Lee Haskins and Ashley Sexton. However, when he has stepped up to face opponents of the highest calibre in a bid for world title glory he has been found wanting.
He took Jamie McDonnell, Britain’s current WBA World bantamweight champion, the full distance and lost a very close fight on the cards by Majority decision in a highly creditable performance in a bid for the European title. It was viewed as a slightly controversial decision but McDonnell has arguably come on leaps and bounds since that win back in early 2011 whilst Jamoye in comparison has fallen short of elite level so far indicating that the better man rightly shaded the fight that night.
Despite the setback Jamoye went on to challenge for world honours albeit unsuccessfully. He was knocked out in the sixth round against current WBC Super Bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz in 2011 after being caught by a crunching body shot, and more recently in April of this year as he lost to undefeated Japanese WBC Bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka via TKO in round 9 after seeing the canvas four times.
Jamoye has lost two of his last three bouts. He won a first round knockout to get back to winning ways in his home country of Belgium against a journeyman but that will have been poor preparation for a fight with somebody of Scott Quigg’s ability. At the relatively young age of 24 he is still young enough to come again in his career but there is no question that he will have to make some changes to find the extra that he needs to succeed at the highest level. It seems highly unlikely that he will be able to make the necessary adjustments with fewer than three weeks’ notice in preparation for the fight.
Equally, preparations have been far from ideal for the home fighter with him not being able to train for a confirmed opponent as they would in a regular camp after his original opponent, Namibian fighter Paulus Ambunda, pulled out through injury. However, he is in trainer Joe Gallagher’s stable of fighters who are flying at this present time and should have no problems with his conditioning or adapting to an orthodox forward style fighter. Quigg is at a stage where he will both want and need to look good against an opponent such as Jamoye to impress sections of the boxing fraternity that are still waiting to see him fight and beat a world renowned name. With a showdown with Carl Frampton seemingly on the cards he has all the incentive to come through this fight in good fashion.
Jamoye: Won 26 (KO16) Lost 5 (2KO) KO%51.61
Quigg: Won 28 (KO21) D2 Lost 0 KO%70