By Jonny Stapleton
Carl Frampton admits Scott Quigg produced a faultless display against Jason Booth to claim the British title last Saturday, but believes his fellow super bantamweight prospect inst flawless and has faults the Belfast man can exploit.
Commonwealth champion, Frampton and Quigg are on a collision course and look set to meet soon in a domestic unification fight.
The Belfast fighter was ring side as Sky’s guest to witness the Ricky Hatton promoted fighter announce himself on the big stage on Saturday.
The Bury boxer brushed aside the challenge of former World title challenger and respected veteran Booth with relative ease winning his first domestic title and an abundance of plaudits in the process.
The Jackal was one of those heaping praise on his main rival for the hottest domestic prospect title as Quigg proved he is anything but a young pretender.
However the undefeated 24 year old, who has been backed by Barry McGuigan to become a world champion, is confident Quigg wouldn’t look as eye catching if he was to share a ring with him.
Frampton believes time took its toll on the inspirational Booth, but believes his former sparring lacked the power to discourage Gallagher gym’s latest member.
“I was impressed with the manner of victory. I didn’t think it would be that easy for Scott.I like Jason Booth he is a great fighter, but he looked his age Saturday. He looked old in there in against a young stronger and hungry guy. Scott looked impressive, but its easier to come forward when Jason Booth hits you than when I do. If I hit him he won’t be coming forward like that. He did impress me there. In saying that there are still things I can exploit. I am confident I can beat him or anyone in the division,” Frampton explained.
Whilst Quigg was very good last weekend Frampton didn’t get an early Halloween scare and is still eager for the pair to meet.
“I always said I want big fights and me and Scott would definitely be a big fight. The job he did on Saturday is better for me. It hypes the fight more. I want to fight for the British title and I have the Commonwealth title we could fight for both. I would love it in Belfast but if I have to travel I will. I have fought all over the world as an amateur so it won’t be a problem. The Irish fans make a lot of noise and fill halls everywhere,” the Jackal added.
The former Irish amateur champion maybe in line to challenge for his second domestic title, but he has continental options too.
European super bantamweight champ Kiko Martinez wants to fight Frampton in Belfast in December.
They are two great options, two great opponents and two massive fights and two bouts Frampton would like.
“ I would love to fight Kiko, but after all the talk last week I will let Barry deal with that. I have options. Quigg is an option and another fight that interests me. I already signed to fight Kiko for September 10. I wanted that fight bad and I trained hard for it, but his team need to be bit more professional if they are going to get me in the ring against them. They should talk to my team about the fight. To be honest I will fight anyone in Europe. I am ready for anyone Kiko, Quigg, Casey or Munroe.”