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Carl Frampton believes doubters will become fans when he 'blows fierce rival away'

By David Kelly

Published 24/02/2016

Carl Frampton takes part in a public work out at Intu Trafford Centre
Carl Frampton takes part in a public work out at Intu Trafford Centre
Carl Frampton poses during a public work out at Intu Trafford Centre on February 23, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Scott Quigg takes part in a public work out at Intu Trafford Centre on February 23, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Scott Quigg takes part in a public work out at Intu Trafford Centre on February 23, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Carl Frampton takes part in a public work out at Intu Trafford Centre on February 23, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Raring to go: Carl Frampton and his coach Shane McGuigan take part in a public work-out at the Trafford Centre in Manchester last night
Happy at his work: Scott Quigg at last night’s public work-out at the Trafford Centre in Manchester

Fans in Manchester enjoyed their first look at Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg at the Trafford shopping centre yesterday and the Jackal has promised everyone a fight to remember on Saturday night.

Frampton received plenty of support as he stepped through the ropes for a light work-out in front of shoppers and media ahead of the IBF/WBA World super-bantamweight title clash at the Manchester Arena.

The Sky Box Office event is highly anticipated by everyone in British boxing and opinion is divided on the outcome of a clash that has been brewing for four years.

Belfast man Frampton went through his session with long time coach Shane McGuigan in a relaxed manner, snapping out his blows on the pads - just as Quigg would later do with trainer Joe Gallagher.

Frampton said: "Now that I'm here in Manchester it's beginning to sink in that this fight is really on.

"I'm like a kid at Christmas, I'm itching to go.

"I want to prove that I'm the best super-bantamweight in the UK. There are still some doubters but this is the fight that is going to silence all the doubters. They're going to sit up and take notice of me. The doubters will start following me after this."

While Frampton welcomed the attention he received last night, he is relishing the atmosphere at the Manchester Arena on Saturday when he is expected to have the majority of the support among around 19,000 fans.

Frampton is by some distance the more popular fighter and is always quick to point out just how thankful he is for the backing he has received from his fellow countrymen - but he also points out that his support is not confined to Northern Ireland.

"I want to thank all my fans, I never thought that it would get to this level and it's just getting bigger and better all the time. Being on this platform will help raise my profile even more, I feel very lucky and honoured," he added.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th November 2009 - Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye - Barry Hearn in association with Brian Peters Promotions presents Sky Sports fight night at the Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magerafelt, Northern Ireland. Super-Bantamweight Contest - Carl Frampton v Ignac Kassai.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th November 2009 - Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye - Barry Hearn in association with Brian Peters Promotions presents Sky Sports fight night at the Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magerafelt, Northern Ireland. Super-Bantamweight Contest - Carl Frampton v Ignac Kassai.
Pacemaker Press 12/6/10 Carl Frampton on his way to victory against Ian Bailey at the King' Hall Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
©Russell Pritchard / Presseye 18th September 2010 Barry McGuigan Presents Boxing at The Ulster Hall. Carl Frampton v Yuriy Voronin in 8x3 Min Rounds ©Russell Pritchard / Presseye
Carl Frampton fights Yuri Voronin in Ulster Hall, Belfast ©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 18th September 2010 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry
Carl Frampton won the Celtic super-bantamweight title at the Ulster Hall on Friday night against Gavin Reid.
Official title fight for the vacant Commonwealth Super Bantamweight belt between Carl Frampton and Mark Quon at the Odyssey arena, Belfast. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.10/9/11 PACEMAKER BELFAST.
Carl Frampton celebrates successful defence of Commonwealth belt against Kris Hughes
Title delight: Carl Frampton proves his class as he clinches the inter-continental crown against Raul Hirales in May 2012
Boxing Odyssey: Carl Frampton's stoppage of Steve Molitor in Belfast has increased his profile
Last time: Carl Frampton and Kiko Martinez during their previous bout at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast in 2013
Carl in action against Jeremy Parodi in October 2013
Carl Frampton demolishes Hugo Cazares in two rounds back in April 2014
Packing a punch: Carl Frampton lands a blow against Kiko Martinez en route to clinching the IBF World super-bantamweight title at the Titanic slipway last September
Carl Frampton (right) against Chris Avalos in February 2015
First to the punch: Frampton lands a blow on Gonzalez jr during the World title fight in El Paso, Texas PRESSEYE

"You're going to see an explosive night, this fight is going to be special, one for the ages.

"I know some people have been trying to make this Northern Ireland against England but I've got support coming from all over. There's people coming from Wales, Scotland, parts of England - there's a good crowd coming from London."

WBA super-bantamweight champion Quigg is equally confident of success in what is the biggest fight of both men's careers.

Unbeaten Quigg seemed genuinely excited as he followed on from Frampton for his work-out before the Sky cameras and the Manchester supporters.

"There's so much on the line and there's no room for error and I can assure you that I won't be making any mistakes," said Quigg.

"I'm so excited for this fight. This is the biggest stage either of us have ever been on.

"I wake up every day and see how much media there is about this fight.

"I came into boxing to be a World champion and I've achieved that but to be able to fight on Sky Box Office, this is everything that I've worked towards and I know that I'm going to win."

Unbeaten Coalisland middleweight Conrad Cummings will now face Victor Garcia of France in an eight-rounder on the undercard of Frampton-Quigg after his initial opponent was ruled out.

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