Originally written on The Queensbury Rules  |  Last updated 9/27/14
As Belfast’s Carl Frampton shimmers in the aftermath of another well executed hatchet job this past weekend, his domestic rival and newly appointed British king at junior featherweight, Scott Quigg, looks to tilt the spotlight back his way on Saturday against recently retired Welshman, Jamie Arthur. Quigg punched laser beams through Jason Booth in October during an intense showing that coerced the Nottingham veteran to quit while he was still standing at the end of round 7.

Arthur, too, tackled Booth in his own last outing, one which the latter managed to shade via split decision around a year ago. It was enough to convince Arthur, a former Commonwealth Games gold medallist, to refocus on an alternative career as a fitness instructor (he had previously taken a three-year sabbatical in 2005 after South African journeyman Harry Ramogoadi had derailed him in five).

Lured back under the ring lights with the bait of a Lonsdale belt, Arthur starts swinging as a prohibitive underdog against the 23-year-old Bury hotshot. Quigg, 23-0 (16), is an aggressive and super-fit presser. He’ll hunt his man all night long, winging in body shots, short hooks and uppercuts. At 5’8” he’s a formidable physical specimen bristling with energy. Here, though, he’ll be looking upwards at the one inch taller Cwmbran fighter who, at 32, has been gifted one last chance to secure domestic gold.

Arthur, 18-5 (4), is sharp, rangy and as fit as a lop. A nine-time Welsh champion as an amateur, he has his basics down pat -- as one might expect -- yet he can be caught when striking from range and has a frail look about him when under fire. Quigg will exploit that. With all due respect to Arthur, it should only be a matter of time before he’s twisted and torn in the maelstrom he’ll surely encounter.

This Hatton Promotions card will also feature “Boxing Binman” Rendall Munroe, “Genius” Joe Murray, Stephen Foster Jr., Matty Askin and Craig Lyon.

Jamaican-born Ovill McKenzie defends his recently acquired Commonwealth light heavyweight title at Bowler’s Arena, Manchester on Friday evening against Merseyside battler, Tony Dodson. “The Upsetter” blew clean through novice Jeff Evans last time out in Halifax to redeem his fortunes after a brace of losing efforts to Dodson’s good pal, Tony Bellew. As a win it proved little, other than how easy it is to qualify for a Commonwealth title shot these days and in addition, how a spectacular knockout can very quickly skew a man’s worth.

The Derbyshire strongman is favoured to retain, yet despite owning a sledgehammer of a right hand, he has looked next to clueless at times when an opponent has elected to box him. Quite whether that will figure in Dodson’s M.O. remains to be seen. The Liverpudlian prefers to bust heads rather than score points, which almost guarantees fireworks.

Dodson, 28-6-1 (14), will likely take charge for long spells yet, as was the case when Iver Heath’s Chris Finnegan challenged the lethal Bob Foster for his world crown at this weight back in 1972 (in an entirely higher class, it should noted), he’ll be fighting with a loaded gun against his head. One bazooka blast from McKenzie, 19-11 (8), could be all she wrote for the Garston lip. Give me the more consistent fighter, though, as opposed to the patchy home run hitter. Dodson can overcome steep odds in slogging through to a bruising decision win.
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