Frampton: I’ve got the power to KO Quigg in every round
By Scott Gilfoid: IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs) sees himself as being a better fighter than WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (32-0-2, 23 KOs) in every facet of the game, and he expects to win handily on Saturday night in their unification clash at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
The Frampton-Quigg fight is a sellout, and you can expect that a good portion of the fans will be cheering for the home fighter Quigg. Frampton isn’t too worried about being the visiting fighter because he expects to dominate Quigg in this fight, and give the fans very little to cheer about.
Frampton just sees Quigg as not being good enough in any area to give him any problems, and he expects to spank him in front of the large crowd.
“I’m better in every department, plain and simple. Because of the magnitude of this fight, everything had to be perfect,” Frampton said.
I think Frampton is pretty much a better fighter than Quigg in every department. In the power department, they’re both close. I might give Quigg a slight edge in this department, but it’s such a small edge that it won’t be enough to make much of a difference. What will make a difference is in the skills department, and that’s where I give Frampton a big edge. He’s simply an all-around better fighter in my view than the 27-year-old Quigg.
It’s not that Quigg isn’t a good fighter. He’s a good fighter, but he’s just not as good as Frampton.
“I’m prepared to do whatever it takes to win. I’ve got punching power to KO him in any round and I’ve the boxing brain to win on points. I’ve spent 17 weeks in camp, the longest ever,” Frampton said.
When Frampton says he’s ready to do whatever it takes to win, I hope he doesn’t start clinching like he did in the first fight with Kiko Martinez. That was ugly to watch. However, Frampton usually doesn’t hold, so I don’t exlect him to resor tot that maneuver to defeat Quigg. He’s got enough skills in his game to beat Quigg and make him look really bad on Saturday in their fight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
Quigg is likely going to be swinging for the fences in this fight because he’s going to be all hyped up due to all the fans that will be showing up to see him fight. He’s going to get excited and start over-punching. At that point, I see the 5’5” Frampton nailing Quigg with short shots, hurting him and impressing the heck out of the judges.
Depending on whether Quigg wises up or not, this fight could get really out of hand in a hurry. I hope for Quigg’s sake, he doesn’t lose his senses completely and going wild man on us, because there’s no way he’s going to win the fight if he starts fighting like a primitive. Quigg has got to realize that he’s not fighting one of the typical guys that are dragged into the ring to fight him.
This isn’t some fodder opponent dug up by his promoter Eddie Hearn. Frampton can actually fight, and he could make Quigg look really bad if he doesn’t show some actual technique and strategy on Saturday night. I would hate to see Quigg get clowned in front of his own fans at the Manchester Arena, but I see that as a definite possibility of Quigg doesn’t use his brain instead of his brawn.
“I’m not going to let Scott Quigg make all that be for nothing. It’s going to be a great fight, one for the ages. I’ll win. It doesn’t matter how, KO or clear points decision,” Frampton said.
This fight could turn out to be a tactical battle as long as Quigg doesn’t just start bum rushing Frampton, which I think he will. For Quigg’s sake, I hope he’s been working on a good backup plan to employ if he’s unable to get the better of Frampton with his usual slugging style of fighting. Quigg is going to need some kind of backup plan that he can fall back on if things start going south for him in the first quarter of the fight.