The Manchester Arena plays host to the heavily anticipated super-bantamweight unification title fight between local lad Scott Quigg and Belfast-born Carl Frampton tonight. Check out all our free tips for the bout here!
Carl Frampton is putting his IBF super-bantamweight title on the line in a bid to take Scott Quigg’s WBA belt.
Saturday night marks the first time in history that two undefeated boxers from Britain have met in a title unification fight, and the mind games ahead of the historic bout have been aplenty.
Both fighters have threatened to call off the fight if they don’t get given the best dressing room, with Quigg claiming he should have it because of his local-lad status and Frampton saying that he is the bigger draw of the two and staking his claim to the dressing room.
The two had a heated weight in on Friday as both Quigg and Frampton weighed in just under the 8st 10lb weight limit. Both sides of the fence claimed to have won mind games ahead of the fight and the two shared a tense stare-off that lasted over a minute. Frampton blinked first by blowing Quigg a cheeky kiss.
Fights – Wins (by knockout) – Draws – Defeats
Carl Frampton: 21 – 21 (14) – 0 – 0
Scott Quigg: 33 – 31 (23) – 2 – 0
Form and Style
Carl Frampton was knocked down twice by the lowly Alejandro Gonzalez in his last fight before outpointing him, and some have called his credentials into question after the poor performance.
Scott Quigg, on the other hand, boosted his own support by destroying Kiko Martinez in his last fight. He knocked the Spaniard down twice in the 2nd round before the referee stopped the fight.
Martinez took Frampton the distance when the two met 18 months ago, a factor that many believe to give Quigg the edge coming into this fight. However, Martinez has backed Frampton ahead of the fight, claiming he is the better all-round boxer and stronger to boot as well.
Indeed, Carl Frampton does have the greater amateur pedigree and is considered by many to be the better technical boxer, but ignoring Scott Quigg’s power would be foolish. Both fighters possess the power to end this fight at any time.
Frampton could make life easier for himself by defending well and outpointing Quigg, but I think the energy and atmosphere inside the Manchester arena along with the tense rivalry between the fighters will make both of them go for the knockout.
This is a proper 50-50, and each expert has a different opinion. Bet365 are favouring Carl Frampton at 8/13, with Scott Quigg coming in at excellent value 11/8. If you want to back a simple to win bet, I’d go for Scott Quigg simply because of the excellent odds on offer.
But you can get more value out of the bet. Frampton’s technical boxing ability means that he is very unlikely to lose on points, so if you’re going to back Scott Quigg to win you will find much more value by backing Scott Quigg to Win by KO, TKO, or Disqualification at 11/4.
The build up to this fight has been intense, and the atmosphere inside the Manchester Arena will be absolutely electric. This is bound to effect the fighters, Frampton more so than Quigg. Scott Quigg will have been planning a knockout victory for months knowing that he doesn’t have the technical ability to outpoint Frampton. This means Quigg will be coming out all guns blazing, and this will increase the chances of Frampton clinching a knockout too. Odds of 4/5 for the Fight Not to Go the Distance are excellent value, as I just don’t see either fighter staying that disciplined for the whole fight.