CAN QUIGG BEAT FRAMPTON, OR WILL FEBRUARY 27 BE THE DAY OF THE JACKAL?
By Carl Purvis
THE long-awaited unification fight between Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton was finally announced earlier this week.
The showdown will see Quigg’s WBA super-bantamweight world title be put on the line, whilst Frampton will defend his IBF crown.
After months of speculation, the fight will offer both fighters the opportunity to ultimately show who is the best domestic fighter at 122lbs.
Belfast man Frampton has agreed to fight on Quigg’s turf for the biggest fight of both men’s careers.
But how is it going to go down? Both fighters boast unbeaten professional records, with Frampton (21-0-KO14) and Quigg (31-0-2-KO23), and are in the prime of their careers.
Frampton was given a scare last time out. Mexican fighter Alejandro Gonzalez Jr downed ‘The Jackal’ twice early on, but he survived the early wobble and battled to win by unanimous decision.
Quigg was devastating on the same night in July, defending his WBA title against Kiko Martinez. In what many expected to be a 12 round battle of attrition, Quigg only needed two to dispose of the Spaniard.
It really is a tough one to call. Carl Froch sees it as a “genuine 50-50 fight.” Until Quigg’s demolition of Martinez, it was generally believed that Frampton would have the edge in a fight between the two. Add that to the fact that Quigg has had six world title fights as opposed to Frampton’s three, and many opinions in boxing have swayed towards Quigg.
Frampton was not subtle in exposing his weaknesses against Gonzalez Jr, particularly struggling against the Mexican’s body shots early on. Quigg has proved himself to be ruthless, and will be sure to place a bullseye on any weakness he can identify with his opponent.
If I had to stick my neck on the line, I’d (very tentatively) give Quigg the edge. He’s fighting in his hometown, and we’ve seen how well he deals with that. In five fights in the Manchester Arena, he’s destroyed all comers well within the distance, most recently the aforementioned Martinez.
It is a massive fight, and the fact that it’s so difficult to separate the two of them makes it even bigger. This is something that seldom happens in boxing – two fighters in the prime of their careers colliding with so much on the line.
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