Scott Quigg hints at retirement after Jono Carroll mounts surprise victory

Scott Quigg has hinted that he could retire from boxing after being dealt a resounding defeat at the hands of Jono Carroll.

The 31-year-old was looking to become a two-weight world champion after making the step up to super-featherweight.

After already landing the super-bantamweight title, Quigg was the favourite going into the match against Carroll.

But the Irishman produced a devastating display that eventually saw the towel thrown in during the 11th round.

And Quigg admitted that this could be the end of his boxing career.

"He was the better man. I was chasing him," he said afterwards. "Fitness-wise was no problem but my timing wasn't there.

"I'm a realist and I don't kid anyone. This was a must-win fight. At my best I would have won tonight.

"On this performance, I don't know what's left.

"I couldn't have achieved anymore. I cut no corners.

"I beat world champions, sold out arenas. If this is it, thank you.

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"Taking nothing away from him, the better man on the night.

"From after the fourth round I just didn't feel like it was there. I was chasing it."

It was just the third defeat of the Briton's career spanning 40 fights but it was the first time he had stepped in the ring for 17 months.

As for his opponent, Carroll's record now stretches to 18 victories in 20 and Carl Frampton believed the towel had to be thrown in earlier.

Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: "The towel should have come in in my opinion maybe four rounds before it did. I was looking at the corner and shouting from my seat."

Meanwhile, Hughie Fury returned to winning ways after his loss to Alexander Povetkin in August.

The 25-year-old managed a third-round stoppage against Czech fighter Pavel Sour to improve his record to 24-3.

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