Monday 24 October 2016

Scott Quigg will not let dressing room row derail Carl Frampton fight

Published 26/02/2016 | 14:21

Promoter Barry McGuigan, right, and Carl Frampton gesture behind the head of Scott Quigg during the weigh-in
Promoter Barry McGuigan, right, and Carl Frampton gesture behind the head of Scott Quigg during the weigh-in

Scott Quigg admits he would rather "get changed at home" than jeopardise the much-anticipated super-bantamweight unification fight against Carl Frampton as the dispute over dressing rooms rumbles on.

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The British duo took part in a lively press conference on Thursday and tensions were again high at the weigh-in at the Manchester Arena on Friday.

Northern Irishman Frampton has threatened to pull out of Saturday's bout because he feels Bury-born Quigg has the better dressing room.

Quigg entered to plenty of boos from the large travelling Belfast contingent before a slight skirmish broke out between Frampton's trainer Shane McGuigan and his counterpart Joe Gallagher.

Yet Quigg - who weighed in at 121.5 pounds - insists he is not bothered which changing room he gets, as long as the fight goes ahead.

"It means nothing to me," he told Sky Sports. "They (Frampton's camp) are getting themselves wound up, they have threatened to walk away from the fight if we get the changing room but, to let all these fans down over a changing room, come on, I'm not going to do that.

"I'll get changed at home and come to the arena and get in that ring. It means nothing to me, the changing room, it's just nonsense.

"I respect him as a fighter, but the best Carl Frampton can't touch the best Scott Quigg."

The two undefeated British world champions meet to contest for Frampton's IBF belt and Quigg's WBA crown.

Belfast-born Frampton weighed in at 121.7 pounds and engaged in over a minute of staring with his English opponent before blowing a kiss.

"This is the only real rivalry I've had in my career, it's been five years brewing and brewing, and getting bigger all the time," Frampton said.

"I feel like I'm level-headed, I took a step back and smiled and let them carry on, it's all good and all part of the pantomime.

"I am better than him. I have the power to knock him out, from the first round to the last round, and I've also got the boxing brain to comprehensively beat him on points."

On the issue of the dressing rooms, Frampton offered his own solution: "Why not flip a coin? Simple. Or rock, paper scissors?

"Whatever they want to do. Or we can lock the door and go our separate ways. I think a fair compromise is to toss a coin."

Quigg, 27, was excellent at the Manchester Arena in his last fight in July as he beat Spain's Kiko Martinez inside two rounds to take his record to 33 fights, 31 wins (23 KOs), two draws.

At the same time, 29-year-old Frampton - who has been widely seen as the narrow favourite for this contest - overcame Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Jr in Texas on points after being knocked down twice early on, his record moving to 21 fights, 21 wins (14 KOs).

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