1 December 2010 – Jonny Stapleton
Carl Frampton is eager to further raise his boxing stock by getting the better of Gavin Reid and, in a more round about way, Scott Quigg in the Ulster Hall this Friday night.
The Ulster super bantamweight trades leather with Reid for the Celtic Title in a fight that not only gives him the opportunity to claim his first pro belt, but also gives him the chance to once again out do the much heralded and hyped WBA inter-continental champion, Quigg.
Intelligent matchmaking means seven fight novice Framptons record will have two fighters in common with Quigg, who challenges for the British title next year and is unbeaten in 21 fights.
And having deposed of three time European title challenger Yuriy Voronin in much quicker fashion than his English counterpart, the Jackal is planning to be more impressive against the durable Reid this Friday to prove he is more contender than prospect.
Doing a better job on Reid than Quigg is definitely in my thinking. Frampton told Mirror Sport after a work out in front of the watching media yesterday. I got Voronin out of there quicker than Quigg and it would be good if I could do the same with Reid.
Quigg stopped Reid in the ninth but I think that stoppage might have been a bit premature. I believe I have the power to stop anyone if I catch them right. So I believe I can stop Reid on Friday and hopefully in more impressive fashion than Quigg. But Reid is a tough durable fighter and I have trained hard for the 10 rounds. Reid is a much better fighter than his record suggests he added before discussing a possible clash with the fighter he seems on a collision course with.
I would love a bout with Quigg. People in England are saying he is the best super bantamweight emerging in Britain and some say I am the best in Britain and Ireland.
I strongly believe I have the tools to beat Scott Quigg. I have watched some of his fights and I believe I would beat him if met tomorrow. What happens if we meet six to eight months down the line. It would be a massive fight for Britain and Ireland and one I am open too.
Talk of a possible bout with Quigg just shows how rated the Tigers Bay native is, especially considering Frampton has yet to reach double figures in terms of professional fights.
It seems patience isnt a virtue mentor Barry McGuigan needs when it comes to the Belfast puncher as he is being fast tracked for the top.
And Frampton, who also stated he would like a shot at Willie Casey and his European strap, admitted the quality sparring he has received thanks to Irish boxing legend and former WBA world featherweight champion, McGuigan is aiding that rapid progression.
I have been sparing John Simpson in preparation for Reid, the undefeated pugilist added. That type of quality sparring has definitely helped me progress a bit quicker. I have been all over England and Scotland getting quality spars and it stands to you. I have been in with/against Choi Tseveenpurev and Ian Napa amongst others. I am aware it is a definite advantage and it alls comes from Barry and his contacts.