By Jonny Stapleton
Carl Frampton warned British Champion Scott Quigg he faces 2012 Domestic Doomsday regardless of how long he puts off a mouth watering clash between two of the hottest super bantamweight prospects in Europe.
Indeed, the Belfast fighter stressed such is his rate of improvement, that the longer the English talent leaves the fight the less chance he has of winning.
Barry McGuigan’s protégé makes the first defence of his Commonwealth title on Sky in a
sold out York Hall tonight. However, despite constant claims Team Frampton are fully focused on opponent Kris Hughes, Scott Quiggs name has been a constant in the build up.
The Bury fighter, who defends his British title against Jamie Arthur this day next week, has said he wants the fight to ‘brew’ to increase interest and obviously any potential purse.
Patience, however has never been a virtue of ‘The Jackal’. Frampton wants big fights fast and told Mirror Sport if the unbeaten duo come through their upcoming bouts unscathed he wants to settle the hottest prospect debate as soon as possible.
“I want to fight Quigg as soon as possible. His team are saying they are confident of beating me but they say let it brew? They are trying to put some logic behind not fighting me and are looking for an excuse to put it on the long finger. I want to do it if we both win over the next week or so. He is British champion and I want that belt. It is a big enough fight already. We would sell a hall anywhere. The sooner the better for me and for him because the more he leaves it the more I will improve. It is a loose loose situation for Quigg.”
Former Irish amateur featherweight champion Frampton, who has also been linked with a March 17 Madison Square Garden clash and a summer Kiko Martinez fight, goaded Quigg further by suggesting he faces a tougher test tonight than his nemesis does next week.
“No disrespect to Jamie Arthur, but I have the tougher challenge in my defence than Quigg does in his. Jamie came out of retirement to take the Quigg fight. I face a young guy. A hungry fighter. The fight between Kris Hughes and myself might get messy. He is tall south paw, but I have trained hard for him and we are prepared for it.”
The 24 year old Matchroom fighter has been forced to discuss Quigg a lot over the course of the build up to tonight’s fight, but he is adamant he hasn’t looked past the Scottish fighter.
Indeed Frampton sparred 159 rounds for a fight than most don’t believe will go 12.
“I am the champion he is coming to take this belt off me. I read stuff and he said we were over looking him. That it isn’t the case. Everything we have done has been geared toward Kris Hughes. I am focused on him and I cant wait for Saturday night.”
Frampton may not be looking beyond the 24 year old rangy Scott, but that didn’t stop him predicting he will cut through him.
“I want to look impressive on Saturday. I want to look explosive and I want to take him out.”