Ex-world champion Kiko Martinez backs Carl Frampton as trainers' war of words continues
Former world champion Kiko Martinez has backed Carl Frampton to beat Scott Quigg in their world title showdown on Saturday night.
The former IBF super bantamweight champion has faced, and lost, to both fighters in the past, and believes the 28-year-old Northern Irishman the Bury-born boxer.
Frampton and Quigg are set to meet in the ring in a super bantamweight unification bout, and Martinez thinks Frampton's superior class will prove crucial.
"Frampton will win against Quigg,'' Martinez said
"He's the more complete boxer. He is stronger as well."
The pair's trainers have so far distracted from the fight after becoming embroiled in an ongoing war of words.
Scott Quigg's trainer, Joe Gallagher, questioned his rival's credentials as a boxing trainer.
Shane McGuigan, 28, is preparing Carl Frampton for the bout in Manchester on February 27, and has been forced to defend his qualities after crticism from Gallagher.
"There's a rivalry. It's not on my part," Gallagher told Sky Sports News HQ.
"McGuigan has been in the sport two minutes. He's a former amateur boxer. Obviously he took over once Gerry Storey stepped down before the Kiko (Martinez) fight, so he's doing well with what he's got.
"I do feel he's come in and been a bit disrespectful to people who have been in the game. I see sneaky little videos where he calls me this and calls me that. It's like, hang on a minute, I've served my time as an amateur coach and as a professional coach.
Asked whether he felt he had been disrespectful in the build-up to the fight, McGuigan said: '"I respect Scott as a fighter and so does dad. Whether we respect Joe Gallagher and Eddie Hearn is questionable."
"There is a lot of animosity. Carl has his history with Matchroom too. There's definitely a lot of behind-the-scenes begrudgery but it's a business at the end of the day and we won't let that affect us on the night."
Height: 5'5" / 165cm
Pro debut: 2009
Rounds per bout: 5.52
Height: 5'8" / 173cm
Pro debut: 2007
Rounds per bout: 4.45