Joe Gallagher urges Carl Frampton not to run in Manchester on February 27

Belfast's IBF World champion Carl Frampton
Belfast's IBF World champion Carl Frampton

Trainer Joe Gallagher is urging Carl Frampton to prove he is a man when he faces Scott Quigg in Manchester on February 27.

Frampton and Quigg - who is trained by Gallagher - will battle it out for the IBF and WBA World titles at the Manchester Arena and Gallagher wants ‘The Jackal’ to stand toe-to-toe with his fighter.

“I think Frampton will come with the attitude of: I’m going to get you before you get me.

“Frampton knows now he can get put over and he’s seen Scott is a power-puncher so I wouldn’t be surprised if he came out and tried to hurt Quigg early on.

“People forget that Quigg is a very good back-foot fighter as well. Whatever Frampton wants to bring, all Scott’s said all along is: Don’t run. If you’re confident about your chin and your power, stand and fight, because we’re confident in our power,” he added.

And Gallagher believes people will see all the qualities and skills that Quigg has in his locker against the Belfast fighter.

“There’s a lot more to see from Scott Quigg. There are four or five different versions.

“When he spars, one day he can do it on the back foot, the next on the front foot and then go old school.

“There are so many strings to his bow and we just haven’t had the fight where he’s had to pull out more than one or two.

“When he beat Hidenori Otake, he wasn’t pleased but I was because it showed he could box on the front foot and the back foot.

“When people see what Quigg can do, they’ll be like ‘wow - that kid really is good.’ We know there’ll be different styles against Frampton. Frampton will switch and we’ll have to adapt and apply. Frampton will have to adapt and apply to our changes in style too.

“Once people see the ring craft and the cuteness Scott has got, they’ll really take to him. Quigg is a connoisseur’s boxer.

“If you know your ring craft, Quigg is your man. He’s an old school fighter and had good education as an amateur.

“If you see in some of his fights, he’s thrown old school hooks to the body. You could put him back in the 1960s and he wouldn’t be out of place with his style of fighting.”