By Scott Gilfoid” WBA Super World super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn is predicting that he’ll be giving IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs) a real thrashing in their bout on February 27 and he’ll finish the Irish fighter in a “brutal” fashion at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK.
Most boxing fans see the Frampton-Quigg fight as a 50-50 affair that really could go either way. Neither of these guys have anyone that you can call a good fighter yet. They’ve both been winning, which is good, but they have stepped it up yet and faced the best like Guillermo Rigondeaux, Nonito Donaire or Leo Santa Cruz.
Yes, I realize that Santa Cruz moved up in weight to featherweight, but he would likely jump at the chance to fight the winner of the Frampton vs. Quigg fight if it were offered to him. I’m not holding my breath waiting for that to happen though.
“I think it is going to be a brutal fight and a brutal finish. I cannot see Scott Quigg losing this fight. I just can’t see it,” Hearn said to the mirror.co.uk. “He [Quigg] is too determined, too big, too strong, devastating.”
You can’t really call a fighter “devastating” unless they’ve beaten high caliber fighters and shown to be devastating in those type of fights. Thus far, Quigg hasn’t proven himself against the really top guys yet. Frampton is in the same situation.
The best guy that Frampton and Quigg have beaten is Kiko Martinez, a flawed fighter with a chin problem. Heck, Frampton was knocked own twice in the 1st round in his last fight against little known 22-year-old Alejandro Gonzalez last year. That obviously didn’t make Frampton look too good, did it?
“Carl Froch versus Lucian Bute was special, as was Ricky Hatton against Kostya Tszyu but in Manchester you are going to have ten thousand English and ten thousand Irish fans. It is going to be an unbelievable night of boxing,” Hearn said.
There’s definitely going to be a huge mess of fans on February 27 showing up to see Quigg and Frampton at the Manchester Arena. However, I don’t see the fight being as meaningful as it would be if those two were facing the best in the division in Rigondeaux.
The Frampton-Quigg fight is little more than a fight to pick out the No.2 or No.3 guy in the division depending on whether the winner of the fight is capable of beating Donaire. I don’t think either of them can, and I definitely don’t see them capable of beating Rigondeaux. He’s too talented. But I do believe that there will be a lot of fans that will be attending the Frampton vs. Quigg fight on 2/27, looking to cheer on their fighters.
Hopefully the winner of the Frampton vs. Quigg fight elects to face Rigondeaux in their next fight. Rigondeaux has already branded them both as “cowards” because he feels they’ve been ducking him for ages now. It’ll be interesting to me to see whether the winner of the Frampton-Quigg fight will fight Rigondeaux.
My guess is it’ll be business as usual with the winner of their fight continuing to face guys like Kiko Martinez rather than Rigondeaux. If Frampton and Quigg were to say that they’ll definitely be fighting Rigondeaux in their next fight, I think it would generate more interest in their unification fight, because fans would have something to look forward to after this fight rather than seeing the same old mismatches that we’ve been seeing with those fighters.