Frampton vs Quigg – The American boxing audience will get a dose of British boxing next week on Showtime as the cable company airs the Super Bantamweight title unification bout between Carl Frampton (21-0) and Scott Quigg (31-0-2).
The fight has been official for several months having been announced in early November, and promoter’s Eddie Hearn and Barry McGuigan are hyping this as a “super-fight”. By Mid-November the fight had been introduced to the British public on a three city tour (Manchester, London and Belfast) that really brought to the forefront how intense a rivalry the fight is.
Frampton is 28 years old, and he holds the IBF’s world title while Quigg is the holder of the WBA belt and is 27 years old. Coming up thru the amateur ranks in the British system, it is safe to say both men have been talked about as rivals for a while.
Despite being taller, longer, one year younger and having a dozen fight more experience, Quigg opened the fight an underdog at (+155), with Frampton favored paying (-185).
Now with roughly a week to go before the fight, that line has only slight narrowed, as Frampton is paying (-175).
Frampton vs Quigg Next Week
Frampton is considered by many observers to have the better resume when it comes to level of competition, and of the two, Frampton has already fought before the American audience. That bout took place last July in Texas where Frampton twice got up off the canvas in the opening round on his way to a unanimous decision victory over the tough Alejandro Gonzalez Jr.
Right now, a look at the boxing rankings at the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, Frampton is ranked #1 and Quigg is ranked #2 in the 122 lb weight class. They both look up at Guillermo Rigondeaux, who is currently the division’s linear champion and potentially next up for the winner. There is also a potential Super-Fight under the Premier Boxing Champions flag in the United States against Leo Santa Cruz, so the fight has more at stake than just bragging rights.
Both men have raised interest in the super-bantamweight class and in the lower weight classes in general in the UK, and in that fight-maddened country, that is quite an accomplishment. Frampton is from Belfast, while Quiqq is from Manchester, so the nuanced, long-standing rivalry that goes beyond sport is in full effect for this one.
The Manchester Arena is reserved for the bout next Saturday, February 27th and the fight will air on Showtime and on SKY’s Box Office pay-per-view in the United Kingdom.
Check out a video review of the weigh-ins for this event at The Boxing Channel