According to Carl Frampton it went to plan. Scott Quigg did exactly what his coach Shane McGuigan had told him he would.
The Bury man started slow, indeed almost in reverse, wary of getting caught early before trying to play catch-up down the stretch. Frampton was ordered just to do what he had to go win the rounds Quigg was gifting him, before using his superior talents to maintain his lead in the latter rounds.
As result the fight wasn’t as exciting as the build-up, but post-bout it was a case of job done, grudge settled, and point proved for Team Frampton.
Indeed the victory seemed too one-sided that rematch talk was scoffed at by most present during the victor’s segment of the post fight press conference.
Sligo-Manchester coach Joe Gallagher however holds a different viewpoint and claims that Frampton, Shane McGuigan, and Barry McGuigan left for their Manchester-hosted afterparty with the knowledge they ‘got away it it’.
The Bolton-based coach, who was in Matthew Macklin’s corner during his World title fight with Felix Sturm, suggests ‘The Jackal’ was lucky against his man – and that he knows it.
“I feel Frampton and his team left the arena that night knowing they got away with it,” Gallagher told World Boxing News.
Gallagher claims the injury to Quigg’s jaw played a massive part in the reversal, although didn’t acknowledge that the break was administered by the Belfast man.
“We left feeling we could beat them because obviously, we had the Achilles Heel of a broken jaw.”
Gallagher, who coaches World champions Liam Smith and Anthony Crolla, echoes Scott Quigg’s rematch reasoning.
He explains that his fighter is hurting from the reverse, and wants a chance to avenge his sole career defeat.
“It’s a good fight and I know Scott wants to do it again. I know people say, ‘oh leave it alone’ and ‘don’t be bitter’ and stuff like that but I think Quigg wants to prove to himself.”
“It’s a fight that has appeal and when you lose, you obviously want to try to avenge that defeat.”