Belfast Telegraph

The Jackal's fans fly out in force to see their man win in style

By Amanda Ferguson

The Team Jackal faithful are descending on Manchester in their thousands to cheer Carl Frampton on to glory.

The Belfast Telegraph caught up with boxing fans at George Best Belfast City Airport as they prepared to board flights in the hope of seeing the Tigers Bay man make light work of Scott Quigg in the hotly anticipated world title unification super fight.

Alan Murphy (above), an insurance underwriter from Belfast, believes the IBF super-bantamweight champion is a great ambassador for the city. "Carl is a legend, a credit to Belfast, a top man," he said.

"As soon as I heard he was fighting in Manchester I knew I had to go. I think if he performs the way he does on the night it will be OK, he will do the job for us."

Mr Murphy reckons Frampton will knock Quigg out in the fifth round.

"He is a nice guy, down to earth, genuine, from Belfast, one of our own, everyone likes him," he added. "We are going to outnumber Quigg's fans, no doubt about it, and watch Carl win."

Tonight's fight will be the first time Lisburn couple Lynzi Donaldson (31), a customer service rep, and William Donaldson (43), an engineer, have seen Carl fight live.

"We wanted to go to support him because he is from our home country," Lynzi said.

"It's a big community event for a lovely, genuine guy."

William thinks Frampton is the better boxer, but that it is going to be "a very tight fight".

"If Frampton goes ahead in the first few rounds on points then Quigg is going to try and come out and knock him out and I think that will be Frampton's best chance to knock him out," he said.

Alan Rankin, a retail manager from Ballyclare, said he was apprehensive but thinks Frampton has "got what it takes to beat him". He said: "It only takes one punch for someone to win, after all.

"I hope Frampton wins. He is a great sportsman, he has great attitude, there is no religious divide, the whole country is behind him."

Barry Baggley, an insurance manager from Belfast, can't wait to see Carl win.

"It's a 50/50 fight but hopefully he will do the business," he said.

"I am apprehensive because Quigg is good too. Usually an Irish fighter in Manchester is away, but it's going to feel like a home fight for him. I reckon Carl will win in the eighth round."

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