Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg: Jackal relishes bitter battle despite burglary
Carl Frampton is so excited about the prospect of fighting Scott Quigg that even a burglary at his training base in London has failed to bother him.
The IBF super-bantamweight champion was in by himself on Friday evening when he wrongly dismissed a noise, went to bed and woke the next morning to find that some of his possessions had been stolen.
Far from feeling disheartened at the invasion of his privacy and the fact he could have been hurt to the extent his February 27 fight with Quigg may have been cancelled, Frampton insists all he can think about is his upcoming date at the Manchester Arena, where he plans to prove he is Britain's best at 122lbs.
"Friday night, we went to the pub to watch the Northern Ireland game," Frampton said.
"I came back home, I was watching the stuff that was going on around France in the news, so I went to bed quite late. I was brushing my teeth and thought I heard my mate Steve coming in. I went down, called his name (but there was) no answer.
"There was a light on, I turned the light off, I just thought I was hearing things and went back to bed. The guy, I think, was hiding round the corner in the kitchen, and then he stole our TV, stole my bag - which was probably more expensive than the TV - and about £3.50 out of the coin jar as well.
"I'll learn from that. I'm just excited about this fight, they can say what they want, I've been after this fight for a long time.
"If I use my brain I can make this easy, it's about boxing ability. I could go in there and get rid of him and stand toe-to-toe and beat him that way, but that's giving him a chance.
"If I'm clever, this fight can be easy."
Frampton remains the favourite for the unification bout against the WBA champion, but Quigg - who is known for a dedication that has inspired him to travel in pursuit of the finest sparring and gyms - and his trainer Joe Gallagher claim that the world's leading boxing trainer expects him to win the greatly anticipated battle in Manchester.
Quigg has visited Los Angeles' Wildcard Gym, run by Manny Pacquiao's coach Freddie Roach, and he and Gallagher insist not only has Frampton failed to impress the Wildcard regulars, but Roach told the Northern Irishman's manager Barry McGuigan that he predicted his fighter would lose.
"We were over there at the same time, me and Joe, it was after Frampton's last performance against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr in July," said Quigg.
"The way Barry McGuigan bangs the drum about him, everyone was expecting him to go and do a job on Gonzalez, who isn't really rated over there.
"When the fight happened there was a bit of 'what is Barry going on about?'"
Quigg feels that McGuigan and Cyclone Promotions know that Frampton will lose next year and have decided to cash out on their fighter in a battle that will see both men earn their highest ever purses.
He argues that this is due to Frampton's performance in El Paso where he was knocked to the canvas twice in the opening round before winning on points.
Quigg said: "I believe that this fight has been made because of Carl's last performance.
"The people around him have realised that he is not as good as they thought he was.
"I believe and I know that I'm the better fighter in every department.
"You can go on about his amateur pedigree but it doesn't make a difference."
The fight will be for Frampton's IBF belt and the WBA title after Quigg was upgraded from 'regular' champion to the main titleholder as Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux has been declared a "champion in recess".
Tickets for the showdown go on sale this Friday at 9am and are priced at £40, £60, £80, £100, £150, £200, £300, £400 and £500 (plus applicable booking fees) available from www.manchester-arena.com and by calling the Manchester Arena 0844 847 8000, or via www.ticketmaster.ie. VIP tickets priced at £800 are available from www.matchroomboxing.com or www.cyclonepromotions.com