Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg: Don't underestimate Quigg, warns coach
IBF and WBA super-bantamweight titles. Manchester Arena, 27 February, 10,45pm.
Coach Joe Gallagher says he wants Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton to serve up a fight to remember - one that will match up to the best the super-bantamweight division has ever had to offer.
Both Eddie Hearn and Barry McGuigan have compared tonight's battle at the Manchester Arena to the great clashes between Mexican legends Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera and while neither man has yet to hit those heights this evening's clash may well afford them such an opportunity.
Gallagher, who clashed with Frampton coach Shane McGuigan at yesterday's weigh-in, certainly believes it can be a fight to live long in the memory.
He said: "We want to prove that Scott is the best fighter in the world. What we don't want is to see a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight and bore the life out of everyone. We're willing to go toe-to-toe and test power versus power, it's like Barrera-Morales 1 - the rivalry, it's for honour and pride and it's for bragging rights and I hope to give the crowd what they want.
"I do feel that people are underestimating the power of Scott Quigg. Carl talks about bamboozling Scott but that's about running, going back to his amateur pedigree and going on the back foot but sooner or later he will have to stand and fight and when Quigg connects that will be it, he'll get knocked out.
"My man has the power and I fancy my man in a shoot-out. If the opportunity presents itself then it won't go long. I think it will be that brutal and damaging knockout."
Gallagher has come in for some criticism over his comments regarding the ability of fellow coach McGuigan and his bombastic belief that Quigg will knock out Frampton.
"I'm not paid to be sports personality of the year, I'm paid to do a job and that's win fights and that's what we're doing at the moment," added Gallagher.
"Scott Quigg wins this fight because he has a good boxing brain, he'll outbox Carl. If people think that Scott will just come out and try to win by throwing bombs then they're in for a big shock."