Carl Frampton could grant Team Quigg’s stand and trade wish.
However, if he stands, he is confident he will still deliver. ‘The Jackal’, who settles his long-standing grudge with Scott Quigg in an eagerly anticipated February 27 clash, says trainer Shane McGuigan has outlined a game plan, one which he believes will deliver success.
The tactics don’t seem to revolve around going to war, despite Frampton previously claiming he has the power to cause the Matchroom fighter trouble.
Indeed, the IBF super bantamweight Champion of the World believes he will have to box clever against a fighter who stopped Kiko Martinez in two rounds, but suggests whatever way the fight goes he should still come out on top.
“I need to be clever. I could easily get drawn in and have an all-out war but I’ll do what it takes to win the fight. We have a game plan and if I stick to the game plan, there’s only one winner,” said the Cyclone Promotions star.
“To get Kiko Martinez away inside two rounds, you have to give him credit. It was a guy that I’d already knocked out but take nothing away from Scott. It will boost his confidence and hype the fight even more but I know what I can do.”
“I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. I’m excited.”
Frampton has previously claimed the only reason Matchroom and Team Quigg have agreed to take the fight is because the Belfast man was dropped twice in one round against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr in Texas in July.
The World champ has since admitted mistakes were made in the build up to that PBC-promoted title defence, but despite being upset post-fight he feels that the contrasting performances last time out have proved a blessing in disguise.
“Every session I do, I’m focused on Scott Quigg. I think he’s an improved fighter but in every single department I’m slightly ahead of him. The atmosphere could play a big part. Let’s see how he reacts.”
“There are always improvements to make. I feel like I’m getting better. It was a blessing in disguise, being put down in my last fight. The Quigg camp have seen weaknesses.
“I’ll be able to sort that out on the night and again, there’s only one winner.”