Former World champion Carl Froch believes Scott Quigg holds a slight advantage before he faces Carl Frampton in Manchester on February 27.
IBF Champion Frampton and WBA king Quigg will do battle that night and Froch fancies Bury fighter Quigg.
“The first thing is, it is a genuine 50-50 fight. People might have had Frampton down as the favourite in the past, but I am not so sure now.
“Quigg’s performance against Kiko Martinez, compared to both of Frampton’s, have changed a lot of people’s minds.
“It was merciless. He saw an opening and went for it in some style. We always say we shouldn’t compare fights but it is impossible not to when you are talking about two world champions with nothing between them.
“Before that, I would have gone with Frampton, expecting him to just have a little bit too much, but that was marginal. And I mean marginal. Not any more though. This is a 50-50 fight on paper; it is a genuine even match, and anything goes. It is so, so tough to call.
“It is great to see both putting their world titles on the line, but I don’t think they care. Unifications involving our world champions don’t happen very often, but neither of them should think about it - and I am sure they won’t.”
And Froch is sure Quigg’s experience will help him on the night.
“He’s had 33 fights compared to Frampton’s 21, and with six world title fights compared to three.
“It doesn’t matter how many rounds you’ve sparred or how much training you’ve done, experience is a really big plus. It is going to be tight, so close - the smallest things might make a difference. This is going to be a great fight.”