Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg clash in a mouth-watering IBF and WBA super-bantamweight unification bout at the Manchester Arena tomorrow night. Two undefeated fighters at the top of their game meet in one of the biggest domestic showdowns in recent years.
Favourite for the contest is Carl Frampton (21-0 14 KOs) at a best-priced 8/13 with a variety of bookmakers and it’s hard to argue otherwise. Frampton possesses the more established boxing skills and will likely make use of his good feet to control the early parts of the fight – he’s 15/8 to win via decision.
Scott Quigg (31-0-2 23 KOs) can be backed at 6/4 with Coral and, in my opinion, represents great value. The Bury man has enjoyed a fantastic 18-months in the sport and most recently demolished former Frampton opponent Kiko Martinez inside a brutal two-rounds.
I struggle to see Quigg having the necessary boxing arsenal to beat Frampton on the scorecards, and on that basis, will need a stoppage – priced at 11/4. The 27-year old is renowned for his supreme training mentality and has proved that the intense build-up to this unification has had no affect on his preparation.
Quigg will need to jump on Frampton from the opening bell and set a strong pace. He boasts the better power of the two fighters with a stellar 70% KO strike-rate though Frampton, too, possesses strong hands but he must concede experience to his rival.
Both fighters have shown frailties when taking punches in the past, which leads to me to think we’ll be enduring a handful of cagey opening rounds. However, as the fight lengthens I feel Quigg could grow in confidence before intensifying his work-rate in the latter rounds.
Either way, we’re sure to enjoy a fascinating contest between two fighters who have a style that is sure to gel.
Scott Quigg WIN – 6/4 (Coral)