Long time rivals Carl Frampton (20-0) and Scott Quigg (30-0-2) have been linked to a mega fight in the UK for some time now, with the talk having escalated over the last few months or so, and, with both men holding world titles, IBF and WBA incarnations respectively, within the Super-Bantamweight division – it could make for a huge spectacle.
British boxing is on the rise again, which is embodied by the fact we could have two massive domestic fights on the cards; Frampton vs. Quigg with either man holding a world title, and, Amir Khan (31-3) vs. Kell Brook (35-0) which would also include a world title. although neither of those fights are even remotely near being scheduled, tonight brings a unique night for the former pair.
El Paso, Texas will host Frampton’s bout with Alejandro Gonzalez Jr (25-1-2) whilst the less exotic Manchster, England will host Quigg’s bout with Kiko Martinez (32-5). Should both men come through their respective title defences, the talk surrounding he two being put in the ring together will intensify again.
The majority of the public talking for the fight to take place has come from the Quigg camp though and when you look at how Saturday’s fight is being billed for Quigg – it is time for Quigg to make a statement of intent. He simply has to impress against Martinez or, Frampton may well lose interest in the proposed bout completely. Frampton has himself already beaten Martinez convincingly twice in Belfast, in 2013 and more recently late in 2014.
Quigg knows that comparisons will be drawn between his fight with the Spaniard and Frampton’s two wins against him. Talking to Sky Sports Quigg noted; “it’s my job to go out there and change people’s minds who think Frampton can beat me, to change them into Quigg fans.”
Martinez though, is equally as confident of his chances, especially as he rates Frampton as the better fighter, citing to The Guardian; “For me, Frampton is at a higher level than Quigg. And not just a little bit, a lot higher. Frampton is the best in the world right now – he’d beat [Guillermo] Rigondeaux.” – this statement alone shows the humble nature of Martinez, as Rigondeaux is highly regarded on many boxing pundits, and fans, P4P lists right now.
He also went on to, quite neatly, surmise what will be in store for fans waching at the MEN Arena on Saturday night, or, on TV – rather diplomatically saying; “It’s going to be a big party for the people of Manchester on the 18th. Both guys want to be champion and will leave everything in the ring. I believe it’s going to be a great fight and let’s see who’s best is good enough.”
Well that is all we can ask for, and, with Quigg searching for a massive win over Martinez, you wouldn’t want to bet against him.
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