Sunday 22 April 2018

Carl Frampton is a bit better than Scott Quigg in every department, says Katie Taylor

Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg
Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg

Michael Verney

Olympic champion Katie Taylor "can't wait" for tomorrow night's hugely anticipated showdown between Scott Quigg and her former sparring partner Carl Frampton and is tipping the latter to prevail.

Frampton (IBF champion) and Quigg (WBA champion) have been on a collision-course for a number of years and will finally clash in a super-bantamweight unification bout at the Manchester Arena (10.45pm) on Saturday night.

In what is being billed as February's hottest boxing ticket, and one of the biggest fights of the year, Belfast fighter Frampton will look to maintain his unbeaten record (21-0) against the dangerous Quigg.

The Jackal, who will have Irish boxing legend Barry McGuigan, and his son Shane, in his corner is a narrow favourite to prevail and former Irish amateur team-mate Taylor has backed him to get the job done.

"I can't wait for it. There's two quality guys in there and it's a fight everyone is looking forward to but I'm definitely tipping Carl," Taylor said. "We did a bit of sparring years ago but I wouldn't like to spar him now.

"We trained together an awful lot in the High Performance Unit and he's just a great guy. And I think he's just a bit better than Scott Quigg in every department but it's going to be a great fight."

Quigg impressed with a second-round technical knockout of Kiko Martinez last July, an opponent who took Frampton the distance, while Frampton was floored early against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr before an unanimous points victory in his American debut.

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