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McCrory backs 'dream fight' to justify all the hype

By David Kelly

Published 26/02/2016

Carl Frampton works out in Manchester with trainer Shane McGuigan
Carl Frampton works out in Manchester with trainer Shane McGuigan
Glenn McCrory

Sky Sports pundit and former World champion Glenn McCrory is expecting an exhausting battle of mind and body when Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg come face to face at the Manchester Arena tomorrow night.

Frampton and Quigg is the biggest all-UK battle since Carl Froch knocked out George Groves at Wembley Stadium two years ago and McCrory expects it to live up to all the pre-fight hype.

"We get to cover an awful lot of fights but there are always some match-ups that just never happen and here we have two likeable guys at the top of their game, both with a version of the World title and both unbeaten -it's a dream fight," said McCrory, who has carefully monitored the rise of both men.

An admirer of both fighters, McCrory sees a steel within Frampton which suggests to him that the Belfast man will add the WBA super-bantamweight belt to his IBF title.

"I've known Scott Quigg since he first turned professional, how he has worked to make his dream come true to be a World champion. If it was anybody else I would probably go with Quigg but I know how mentally tough Carl is," he said.

"He's the product of his environment - a product of Tigers Bay, a very hard Belfast mentality and that stands him in good stead. He was having a nightmare in El Paso and it was his toughness that pulled him through.

"There's no quit in either of them and that should make for a fantastic fight."

Indeed, McCrory believes it could be such an exciting spectacle that demands for a re-match would be loud and clear.

"It would be no surprise if there is a re-match, it's so evenly matched with both men at the top of their game," he added.

"If Quigg is going to win it will be with his workrate. Quigg is the bigger man and he will try to make that count and any fighter who genuinely believes he is going to win is hard to beat.

"The difference for me is that Carl is the better schooled fighter, he has that bit more all-round ability and that's the edge. I've always thought that.

"Scott is learning as he goes along and improving and the fight is a closer call now. But Carl can adapt, he can change the situation and I'm not sure that Scott can do that.

"But it is a fight that I believe measures up to the likes of Nigel Benn against Chris Eubank. Two months out people were talking to me about this fight, telling me they're going to be there. It's highly anticipated. Kell Brook and Amir Khan would be another good fight but it would not be like this one. Khan has been exposed at the highest level, Frampton and Quigg haven't.

"Last year we were disappointed with the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight but this one will deliver. There's so much pride at stake they're going to have a right row.

"People say that Guillermo Rigondeaux is the man to beat but I think now that either one of these guys would beat Rigo who has become a legend but he's not fighting very often and he's not getting any younger."

Meanwhile, on the supporting bill east Belfast man Luke Wilton's British title eliminator with Charlie Edwards will also be for the vacant WBC silver flyweight title.

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