Scott Quigg is ready to prove a point to his domestic rival Carl Frampton when he defends his WBA super-bantamweight title against Spaniard Kiko Martinez in Manchester on Saturday night.
Quigg knows comparisons with the Belfast IBF champion are inevitable since Frampton beat Martinez in Belfast in 2013 and again last year.
But Quigg, who has racked up an unbeaten 32-fight record and is desperate to take a big step towards unifying the world 8st 10lbs titles, insists he is relishing the extra pressure that brings.
“This is the toughest fight of my career and I’m chomping at the bit to get in there on Saturday night.
“It does make it even more pressure because there are going to be comparisons between how I beat him and how Frampton beat him, but I couldn’t be in a better place physically and mentally.
“The rivalry is good for both of us. People are picking him over me, but I’ve got the chance to go and show everyone why I’m the best super-bantam in the world.”
And Spaniard Martinez believes he will win tomorrow night and that Frampton is a better fighter than Quigg.
“In my opinion Frampton is better than Quigg and I think that he would win by KO.
“I hope that this fight will take place someday, but after Scott has lost this fight against me.
“I believe I will beat Quigg... I will not go crazy, we have a fight plan for 12 rounds and I will follow it. If I win by knockout it will be better, but the goal is the belt.
“I had been waiting to fight the WBA bantamweight champion Juan Carlos Payano but when my team told me about fighting Scott I had no doubts. All these months I have been training so hard and I feel great, I’m in a perfect physical condition.
“I think that Carl is better than Guillermo Rigondeaux and Leo Santa Cruz, he would win both those fights I am sure.
“And if I beat Quigg, maybe a third fight with Frampton is on the cards. I am always ready to fight against Frampton.”