Carl Frampton is ready for warm Manchester welcome when he faces Scott Quigg on February 27

Carl Frampton
Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton is expecting a hostile reception when he faces Scott Quigg in Manchester on February 27.

IBF World champion Frampton and WBA king Quigg will put both their belts on the line that night and ‘The Jackal’ is expecting a warm welcome at the arena.

“Scott’s very dedicated and very proud. I’m going to Manchester, his back yard and there’ll be hostility.

“Quigg is better than anyone I’ve faced yet and I’ll step up again. You haven’t seen the best of me.

“Scott is an excellent fighter but I believe me at my best and Quigg at his best, I believe I win the fight.

“That’s the logic I’m going with so it’s about how I perform on the night. I’ll be ready.

“It’s closer than it’s ever been according to the bookies but I know what I have to do. There are things that happen in the gym that stay behind closed doors.

“I spar big guys but I’ve had smaller, faster guys in too and similar to how we think Quigg will fight,” he added.

And Frampton says preparation is going well as he prepares for the biggest fight of his career.

“I’m pretty light at the minute and that was the plan - get the weight down to what I feel comfortable with and hold it there for a while.

“Things are good so far in training and I’m ready to go. I think my last performance was a blessing in disguise.

“I was put over twice and had to get up and win. I think you’d be talking about me fighting someone else if it hadn’t happened,” he added.

And Quigg says ‘fear’ is the thing that is motivating him before he faces Frampton in Manchester.

“The fear of losing, I have said it all along. Nobody wants to get up at 5am and get out of bed to go training, the body is not built for that.

“But for some reason, I can spring out of bed because the fear of failure and fear of losing is what drives me on and that is why I do what I do and I love what I do.

“To become unified champion is what I want to be. I have come into boxing to be world champion and because I’ve achieved that, I don’t stop there.

“I set new goals and that is what keeps the drive, the dedication and the focus there every day I wake up. It is about moving forward and getting better,” added the Joe Gallagher trained fighter.

Meanwhile George Groves made short work of Italian Andrea Di Luisa on his return to the ring at London’s Copper Box on Saturday night.

The 27-year-old Londoner now boasts a record of 22 wins from 25 fights, with his other two defeats coming against Carl Froch.

Groves said: “I’m really happy with the performance. I think I boxed really well. A made a couple of mistakes, first time back in a little well, but I felt really sharp.”