Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg feeling confident before February 27 battle

Carl Frampton
Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg both believe they hold the upper hand before their IBF and WBA World title unification showdown on February 27.

The two super-bantamweights are both oozing confidence and belief before the Manchester Arena clash and Belfast fighter Frampton is sure he has Quigg’s number.

“Every session I do, I’m focused on Scott Quigg. I think he’s an improved fighter but in every single department I’m slightly ahead of him. The atmosphere could play a big part. Let’s see how he reacts.

“I need to be clever. I could easily get drawn in and have an all-out war but I’ll do what it takes to win the fight. We have a game plan and if I stick to the game plan, there’s only one winner.

“There are always improvements to make. I feel like I’m getting better. It was a blessing in disguise, being put down in my last fight. The Quigg camp have seen weaknesses.

“I’ll be able to sort that out on the night and again, there’s only one winner.

“To get Kiko Martinez away inside two rounds, you have to give him credit. It was a guy that I’d already knocked out but take nothing away from Scott. It will boost his confidence and hype the fight even more but I know what I can do.

“I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. I’m excited.”

But Quigg is convinced that Frampton will buckle under the pressure of fighting away from home.

“You saw he got carried away at the pressers. He loses his rag and that will be his downfall. There’s going to be a big crowd in there and it won’t bother me one bit.

“There’ll be 10,000 fans there for me and 10,000 for him. It’ll be a big atmosphere but one I can keep my cool in - you’ve seen in the pressers, he lost his cool.

“When he feels like he’s got a bit of comfort blanket around him, he gets a big mouth, gets carried away and that will play in to my hands.”