Frampton v Quigg is simply that, Carl Frampton against Scott Quigg without the added moniker. It could have been “Undefeated” but that would be too simple or maybe they could have brought “The Battle of Britain” out of retirement (when Lennox Lewis stopped Frank Bruno for the WBC Heavyweight title in 1993).
There is something refreshing about putting aside the marketing spiel and letting the names do the talking.
Although, neither would be rated as the best fighter in the division - that title would go to the somewhat sleep inducing but outrageously gifted Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux - having two British fighters in a unification bout doesn’t happen very often.
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On October 22, 2011, Quigg won the British Super Bantamweight title, and this fight has been on the cards ever since. Frampton was calling out the man from Bury almost immediately but sometimes things are just worth the wait.
Let’s hope that this is less Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Manny Pacquiao: “The fight of the century” and more Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns: “The Showdown”. On both of those occasions, fight fans had to wait for the two protagonists to get into the ring together, and one of those certainly wasn’t worth the wait, or the added moniker for that matter.
My bets are on it being less like the fight of the century “the reality” and more like the fight of the century “the expectations” with Quigg as the aggressor and Frampton using his finely honed boxing skills to pick off his opponent as he comes into the ring.
Quigg is naturally the bigger man standing at 5'8", three inches taller than Carl Frampton at 5'5". Frampton has a distinct reach disadvantage; for a man standing 5'5", his reach is only 62 inches. To put that into perspective that is all of 5'2", he will need to be inside and well within range to land his scoring shots.
Quigg can keep his distance and will no doubt look to attack with vicious hooks to his body; his favourite punches with which to disarm his opponent. Unusually it is very difficult to find any evidence of what exactly Quigg’s reach is, although my best guesses would have it well over Frampton’s at 62 inches.
Frampton claims that Quigg has only plucked up the courage to take this fight after he blitzed Kiko Martinez in two and on that very same night saw Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. put down Frampton twice in the first round. Frampton recovered to box masterfully to win that fight on a unanimous decision and was quick to see fault with a ring that was too spongy.
Quigg, and his trainer (current Ring Magazine Trainer of the Year) Joe Gallagher believe he has the power to stop Frampton. Frampton, and his trainer (son of Barry McGuigan) Shane McGuigan, call on his more illustrious and longstanding amateur career as an example of ‘The Cobra’ just being a level above.
So what does all this mean? Well, to be honest, I am not totally sure. As this fight has grown closer, Sky has started to undress a half-hearted slogan of “too close to call”, bringing out all the usual talking heads to essentially tell us that they don’t really know what is going to happen. What I believe is that at some point Quigg will have Frampton in trouble and how Frampton deals with these difficulties will determine the outcome.
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