No stopping Carl Frampton’s pursuit of win number 22 at the MEN

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Carl Frampton is chalked up as 8/13 favourite for Saturday’s big fight, and according to punters that reflection of his chances is spot on as he gears up for a clash with Scott Quigg at the MEN Arena.

Ahead of the bout that will see the unification of the super-bantamweight titles, Ladbrokes put it to social media to decide which way it would go.

The results were telling as the man who holds the IBF strap, Frampton, picked up nearly two-thirds of the vote.

That means that his Bury-born opponent could only manage 35 per cent of the backing from the Twitter masses, a response that suggests the bookies have this one priced about right.

While the fight is a relatively open one, there is one thing we do know – someone’s ‘0’ has to go.

Belfast pugilist Frampton has won all 21 of his fights to date, most recently seeing the decision go in his favour when he fought Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. back in July.

His opponent Quigg doesn’t have quite an impressive record, having drawn twice, but yet to be defeated in his 33 visits to the ring.

The underdog is an 11/8 shot to end the run of the man from Northern Ireland on Saturday night, something that a reasonable amount of our respondents give him a fair chance of doing.

While backing either boxer to triumph is tough to call, a look at both of their previous performances hint that this one might not go the distance.

Just three of Quigg’s bouts have gone the full 12 rounds, while the same number have taken Frampton all the way to a judges’ decision.

The 10/11 available that this one is stopped could be the way to go. But with the majority backing ‘The Jackal’ to continue his rise up the ranks, Frampton to win by KO or TKO at 5/2 will certainly tempt some.

All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.