IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton is fully confident of adding Scott Quigg’s WBA version to his belt haul when the pair collide at Manchester Arena on Saturday night.
The 29 year-old from Belfast heads into the biggest fight of his career so far in Quigg’s own backyard but has no doubts about his ability to overcome his UK rival and prevail in the Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view clash.
“I have wanted this fight for a long, long time. I thrive on the big occasions and there are not many bigger than a domestic super fight,” said Frampton.
“I won my world title on a massive stage, Scott Quigg was handed his title after a draw. He has fought on big cards but not as a bill-topper and I genuinely don’t know if he will be able to handle this level of pressure. I’m going to use all of my experience to outbox, outfight and outgun Scott Quigg.
“We’ve been chasing these boys for years. They didn’t want it, end of story. Then all it took was one below par performance from me to convince his team that they should finally take the fight. If that first round in my last fight is what they’re basing their hopes of victory on then Scott is in for a big, big shock.
“I’ve had the best training camp of my career, I’m in the shape of my life and I’m going to become the unified Super Bantamweight World Champion.”
‘The Jackal’ was put down twice in his previous bout, but picked himself up to defeat Alejandro Gonzalez and now starts as a slight favourite over Quigg for the Manchester Arena sell-out.
Frampton and Quigg have been linked to facing each other for almost four years, meaning interest in the contest has increased year upon year and sees the fight go out live on Showtime in the United States simultaneously.
Fans who were not lucky enough to snare a ticket for the bout can purchase from SkySports.com/frampton-vs-quigg for £16.95.