Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg will step into the ring this weekend to contest one of the most hotly-anticipated domestic bouts of the last decade.
IBF Super Bantamweight champion Frampton and WBA Super Bantamweight champion Quigg will both put their titles on the line as the war of words finally ends and the real fighting begins.
Frampton has been dismissive of Quigg in the build-up to the bout using the fact that the Bury man was promoted to champion status by the WBA, rather than winning the belt outright, to declare himself the only real champion going into the fight.
The betting seems to back up Frampton’s claims with The Jackal billed as the 8/13 favourite going into the bout. Quigg, however, claims such odds work in his favour with the bookies and Frampton himself underestimating the 11/8 outsider.
Both men have made it this far on merit, however and here Ladbrokes News takes a look at some career highlights that have led to what promises to be an explosive domestic dust-up.
Gavin Reid – 2nd Round TKO – Won Celtic Super Bantamweight title – 12/03/2010
Having made his professional debut just 18 months earlier Frampton’s first chance at a belt came against Scotland’s Gavin Reid for the Celtic strap. The Northern Irishman wasted little time and had his man out of there just 30 seconds into the second round.
Kiko Martinez – 9th round TKO – Won European Super Bantamweight title – 09/02/2013
Highly-rated Spaniard Kiko Martinez was supposed to represent a step up in class for The Jackal when they met for the European title in 2013. Carl hadn’t read the script, however, and showed a sign of things to come with a devastating stoppage in the ninth.
Kiko Martinez – Unanimous decision – Won IBF Super Bantamweight title – 06/09/2014
He may not have been able to get the stoppage the second time round but Frampton put any nerves and doubts about his ability to handle pressure to one side as he dominated to earn a wide points decision and finally be crowned world champion in just his 19th fight.
Rendall Munroe – 6th round TKO – Won Interim WBA Super Bantamweight title – 24/11/2012
A cut caused by a clash of heads saw Quigg’s first meeting with Munroe stopped early and called a draw and the Bury man wasn’t about to let a chance at the title pass him by a second time. In the rematch Quigg ruthlessly targeted the body and got his just rewards in the sixth being crowned interim champion before subsequently having that status updated to full champion by the WBA.
Tshifhiwa Munyai – 2nd round KO – Retained WBA Super Bantamweight title – 19/04/2014
While there were question marks surrounding the South African one time IBO world champion his quality was undoubted and nothing should be taken away from Quigg’s performance.
By now the Brit was gaining a reputation as a big puncher and the way he claimed his 21st career KO indicates that Frampton will want to avoid going toe-to-toe in Manchester.
Kiko Martinez – 2nd round TKO – Retained WBA Super Bantamweight title – 18/07/2015
Perhaps Quigg’s biggest source of confidence ahead of the Frampton bout is the way in which the Englishman destroyed Martinez. He absolutely blitzed the man who had taken Frampton the distance – albeit being outclassed on the way – stopping him inside two rounds.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.