The majority of fight fans, and the bookies, believe Carl Frampton will beat Scott Quigg when the pair meet on February 27th at the Manchester Arena. However, in recent times, more and more people have started to believe that the fight will be a closer affair, citing the massive improvements made by Quigg (a late starter in boxing with no real amateur background), as well as the contrasting performances of the pair in their most recent fights on July 18th.
Here Scott Quigg annihilated Kiko Martínez inside two rounds, while Frampton was dropped twice in the first round of his fight with Alejandro González Jr en route to a points win.
One person who feels that the clash is a pick’em fight is former super middleweight champ and current Sky Sports pundit Carl Froch.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Wembley Stadium-filler explained that “it is a genuine 50-50 fight. People might have had Carl Frampton down as the favourite in the past, but I am not so sure now.”
“This is a 50-50 fight on paper; it is a genuine even match, and anything goes. It is so, so tough to call.”
Indeed Froch is seemingly siding more with the Bury man, noting his performance against Kiko Martínez, which he described as “merciless.”
“He saw an opening and went for it in some style. We always say we shouldn’t compare fights but it is impossible not to when you are talking about two world champions with nothing between them.”
“Before that, I would have gone with Frampton, expecting him to just have a little bit too much, but that was marginal. And I mean marginal. Not any more though. This is a 50-50 fight on paper; it is a genuine even match, and anything goes.”
The Nottingham slugger also believes that there is another factor that favours Quigg – experience, as the Eglishman has “had 33 fights compared to Frampton’s 21, and with six world title fights compared to three, he has just been through it more – and the more you go through it, the more relaxed you become.”
“It doesn’t matter how many rounds you’ve sparred or how much training you’ve done, experience is a really big plus. It is going to be tight, so close – the smallest things might make a difference.”
Read Carl Froch’s full interview with Sky Sports here