Everybody in the street is talking about this fight says Dave Coldwell
Frampton-Quigg finally arrives this weekend
It’s been four years in the making but Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg are finally scheduled to get it on this Saturday in Manchester in a unification bout for the WBA Super and IBF titles, in what is set to be the biggest purse for a super-bantamweight contest in boxing history.
Frampton boasts a perfect 21-0 record, with 14 of his victories coming via stoppages. He won the IBF title back in September 2014 when he beat Kiko Martinez with a unanimous decision on points in his home city of Belfast.
Boxing trainer Dave Coldwell, who is set to be busy in the corner of Gavin McDonnell earlier on the card on Saturday, is relieved the boxers’ promoters finally managed to strike a deal to get the fight on. As it gets closer to the fight night, he is finding it difficult to call a winner.
He said: “It’s a fantastic fight and one we thought at one point was not going to happen due to one reason or another. I’ve always thought Frampton would beat Quigg. I think he is a better all-round fighter. He’s an excellent punch picker.
“As we get have got closer to the fight though, I’ve seen more of Quigg’s mentality and he 100 per cent believes he is going to beat Frampton. In all the media work in the build-up the fight, he has enjoyed it and he was meant to be the one who is not comfortable with those things. He’s been himself, he’s not changed or shown much emotion, whereas Frampton has been rattled by the whole situation.”
Historic fight in Manchester
It’s the first time in history that a super-bantamweight contest has attracted a box office audience in the UK but such is the demand for this fight to happen, over three million are expected to be tuned in on Saturday evening. Coldwell says wherever he has been this week people have been asking him about the fight.
He added: “Everybody is talking about it. It’s one of those fights where even the people who don’t normally talk to me about boxing, have been asking about it. It’s great for the sport as we need fights like this where people who don’t particular follow boxing are keen to watch it.
“All we need now is for the fight to live up to the expectation. I can’t see how it will fail to deliver. It’s a couple of styles which are going to gel. For Quigg to win, I think he needs to have his hands tight and to jump on Frampton to make him uncomfortable. He’s got to use his sharp boxing brain to pick the right shots. That’s where his chance is. If the fight becomes a slower paced boxing match, then I think Frampton beats him.”
For as full list of odds on Saturday’s exciting card in Manchester, take a look at our dedicated boxing section, including odds on Frampton vs Quigg and McDonnell vs Sanchez.