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Frampton-Quigg will unify titles in Manchester

Scott Quigg (left) and Carl Frampton (right) will unify their World super bantamweight titles in a highly-anticipated domestic fight in the United Kingdom.

Scott Quigg (left) and Carl Frampton (right) will unify their World super bantamweight titles in a highly-anticipated domestic fight in the United Kingdom.

All rivalries are different. Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg may not have a public blood-war going, but there is certainly competitive fire between to two fighters from the United Kington and they will look to settle it once and for all at the Manchester Arena on Saturday, with both fighter’s world titles on the line.

The two have carved a similar path to this point. Quigg (31-0-2, 23 KOs) is undefeated, won country titles and proved his ability before becoming a world champion. He won the WBA World super bantamweight title in 2013 by defeating Diego Silva and has since defended is four times. Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs) did the same thing; winning local belts before winning the IBF World super bantamweight title in 2014 and has since defended it twice.

The two have been trying to prove themselves as the best super bantamweight in the United Kingdom, and now the world too in their title unification bout. But throughout the long negotiations Frampton made it clear that he feels he is the far superior fighter. The fight was originally supposed to happen this past summer, but Frampton said he did not feel that Quigg was worthy of a 50-50 purse and some even felt Frampton’s promoter Eddie Hearn was not particularly trying to have the fight anyway because it would put his undefeated world champion at a significant risk for his first loss.

Frampton has a history of fighting world-class fighters. He beat Kiko Martinez in nine rounds to win the IBF Inter-Continental super bantamweight title and just over a year later won the world championship with a dominant unanimous decision over him. In between those fights he beat Jeremy Parodi and Hugo Fidel Cazares, and after bear Chris Avalos. But Frampton showed a chink in the armor when he was floored twice in the first round by Alejandro Gonzalez, in what should have been a routine victory. He came back and won the fight by unanimous decision, but certainly showed a bit of vulnerability.

And the same night Frampton was knocked down twice by Gonzalez, Quigg dominated Martines, forcing the referee to stop the fight in the second round after he sent him to the mat twice.

It was Quigg’s first notable victory, but pretty much forced there to be a deal to book the fight; creating one of the most highly-anticipated domestic clashed in quite a long time.

And what makes this big fight, along with so many big fights, so intriguing is the different styles among fighters that have led them to the same level of greatness. Frampton is the technically-sound boxer, with incredible mastery of the sweet science, tremendous footwork and a great understanding of when to attack and when to go on the defense. He has knockout power and likes to remain aggressive, but he is not the strongest fighter in this fight.

Quigg is very big and strong for the super bantamweight division. He is a heavy-handed puncher with the capability of hurting his opponent with ever punch. He’s far from the prettiest fighter, but he punches hard and seems to have an endless motor. He showed that stamina against Hidenori Otake in his title defense prior to beating Martinez. He earned a 12-round unanimous decision in a fight with high action and few lulls.

Though Las Vegas as Frampton as the favorite, the fight is truly a toss up. Obviously Frampton has the better history, but Quigg’s power has led him to a title. And after their performances in their most recent fights, Quigg has to feel great about his chances of not only getting a victory, but knocking Frampton out.

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