The wait is almost over for boxing fans across the UK and around the world as Super Bantamweight world champions Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg prepare to put their titles on the line this weekend.
The IBF and WBA belt holders will step into the ring at the Manchester Arena on February 27 with one man emerging as the divisions unified title holder.
Both men have been preparing for the fight of their lives and the tension has been palpable and nowhere has that been more prevalent than on Twitter where various polls, expert opinions and the men themselves show that this is a close fight to call and likely to be a thrilling encounter.
Here’s the best of what Twitter has had to say in the build up so far…
Few people are granted better access to the world’s best fighters these days than YouTube channel IFLTV and after a one-to-one with Quigg, published online by Matchroom themselves, Quigg came across as hugely confident…
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) February 24, 2016
This one’s for you
In words that either highlight just how confident he is – or will serve to rile Frampton up ahead of the fight – Quigg has got his thankyous in early – clearly not even considering losing as an option…
My moment of destiny is nearly here For my family and everyone who has helped me on my journey Saturdays victory is for all of us #fightweek
— Scott Quigg (@scottquigg) February 22, 2016
As confident as Quigg may be Frampton has not been deterred and far from feeling nervous ahead of the clash, The Jackal is counting down the minutes until he steps through the ropes…
It’s been 4+ years in the making and now it’s fight week! I CANNOT WAIT! Tick tock⌚ #FramptonQuigg
— Carl Frampton (@RealCFrampton) February 22, 2016
A theme of Frampton’s trash talk in the build-up to the fight is that he is the only genuine champion, with Quigg being upgraded by the WBA after winning the interim title. This was best summed up in this photo captured by the Belfast Telegraph…
— Belfast Telegraph (@BelTel) February 23, 2016
Carl Frampton’s daughter clearly sees her dad emerging from the fight with a smile on her face. It seems the youngster thinks Quigg might struggle to make the weight, however…
— Carl Frampton (@RealCFrampton) February 21, 2016
There have been numerous polls and most show that this is as close to a 50-50 fight as it’s possible to get. As this poll carried out by Matchroom and retweeted by Eddie Hearn shows, a Quigg KO is the most popular outcome but 53 per cent of fans are backing Frampton to come out on top.
VOTE: #FramptonQuigg method of victory
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) February 23, 2016
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.