Gallagher likens Frampton v Quigg encounter to Barrera v Morales I

Phil Jay 13/02/2016

Lawrence Lustig

Top UK trainer Joe Gallagher has likened this month’s super-bantamweight unification between Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg to the Mexican super-fight between Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales in 2000.

Gallagher, who won Ring Magazine’s Trainer of the Year award for 2015, sends Quigg into battle with Frampton on February 27 at Manchester Arena and says the fight has all the ingredients to be a classic encounter for the ages.

“We’re really confident in this fight with Carl Frampton. I’ve always liked it to the version of Barrera-Morales I. I think it’s got all the ingredients; both undefeated fighters, both with a lot of pride at stake,” said Gallagher.

“I think the defining factor between the two is Scott Quigg’s punching power. You’ve seen what he did with Kiko Martinez. Before that, which goes under the radar, his fantastic win over Rendall Munroe, who’d already beaten Kiko Martinez. Scott Quigg’s punching power I reckon is one of the hardest punching fighters in the world today.

“When you come down the lower weights, Scott Quigg is right up there. We’re really looking for a good fight. Obviously, Carl went over to America last time; got put down early. And people say we’re taking that as a kink in his armour. Well, he’s come back with a tail between his legs now. He’ll be going into the fight with some doubts. And I know once Scott Quigg starts connecting head or body to Carl Frampton it’ll be trouble.

“I’m really expecting a real good fight and a spectacular win for Scott Quigg,” he added.

Quigg is currently the outsider with bookmakers at a best priced 13/10, whilst Frampton is as short as 8/15 with some oddsmakers ahead of the huge pay-per-view battle in two weeks’ time.