Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg clash is more than just a two-man fight

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On Saturday night, IBF Super-Bantamweight champion Carl Frampton and WBA holder Scott Quigg will finally settle their famous feud in the Manchester arena.

Feud could even be an understatement given that the buck does not merely stop at the two fighters. The bickering stretches to pretty much every member of the respective entourages, with Barry McGuigan clearly not too keen on going for a pint with Eddie Hearn anytime soon and vice versa.

There is little love lost between the trainers either. It is a real master versus apprentice matchup with the very experienced Joe Gallagher in Quigg's corner, and Shane McGuigan - the new kid on the block, in Frampton's. And they cannot stand each other either.


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Gallagher appears irked by an up and coming trainer who is growing in stock and adding some big names to his stable. He claims McGuigan is taking all the credit for the rise of Frampton and suggests he should be more level-headed, yet this is petty reasoning to have a serious dislike for the young trainer, who is simply trying to make a name for himself.

Both Shane and Barry McGuigan have come across very well in the build-up. They have not made unsavoury and immature taunts towards their opponents. Of course, they've engaged in the disputes, which is only natural, but their overall manners have been far better than those on the other side of the table. And it means that most are now wishing for Quigg to be left on the floor, with Hearn and Gallagher left with egg on their faces.

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All of this is why this clash is so intriguing, so eagerly awaited. There is so much more than just belts on the line.

Although it has been a long-winded process, both fighters must be given credit for making this happen. With such a high-level of friction between the two camps, it is incredible that an agreement was reached for this fight to be going ahead.

Frampton v Quigg Press Conference

Without the competitive, champion mentalities of the fighters themselves, it would have been easy for Hearn and McGuigan to put two fingers up to each other and do business elsewhere. But Frampton and Quigg want to win and take the all-important bragging rights, the only common denominator between severely inflicting parties.

It has been labelled as a real 50-50 fight and rightly so. Frampton is the better boxer of the two, he is technically superb and can adapt his style in order to win. But Quigg is more powerful and arguably harder to put down.

That is why Frampton needs to stay withdrawn from a real scrap. If he stays on the outside and uses his counter-punches, it will be difficult for Quigg to get on the inside and break him down.

Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg - Weigh-in

If he becomes too emotionally involved in the occasion and stands and trades with Quigg, it could go horribly wrong for him.

Every one of these various talking points are why this is such a fascinating match-up, we can guarantee there will be fireworks of one kind or another come Saturday night.

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