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Barry McGuigan has been my inspiration says Carl Frampton

By Frank Brownlow

Carl Frampton has hailed the contribution of manager Barry McGuigan in the Belfast fighter's climb to the top of world boxing.

Frampton has a blockbuster showdown with Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena on February 27 when the Ulsterman's IBF super bantamweight belt and the Bury boxer's WBA title will be on the line.

And 'The Jackal' is sure the presence of the legendary McGuigan - whose 1985 world featherweight title triumph over Eusebio Pedroza at Loftus Road has gone down in boxing folklore - in his camp definitely gives him the edge.

"It's very accurate (to describe McGuigan as a father figure)," Frampton said.

"I don't want to rule my own dad out of it as well - my dad's been good to me himself - but Barry's been great to me.

"I kind of live with him, and from the start he's been praising me, and telling anyone that would listen that I'm going to be world champion from one or two fights into my pro career.

"A few people laughed at the start, but Barry's looked after me and he's still looking after me.

"That's the difference between me and Quigg. I've got somebody who has a genuine interest in who he's looking after.

"(Quigg's promoter) Eddie Hearn loves the green (money), and that's it.

"I don't think I would be where I am now without Barry.

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"He's put me out there, he's got me a lot of media coverage which has helped (grow) the fan base, he's picked the right fights for me, he's done deals for me all over the world, he's got me a deal with Al Haymon who's the most powerful and influential man in boxing."

"I owe Barry a lot," added Frampton, who is believed to be receiving over £1.5million for fighting in Quigg's backyard.

McGuigan has guided Frampton through the professional ranks, building on the foundations laid by the Tiger's Bay boxer's trainer from his amateur days, Billy McKee.

McGuigan, whose son Shane trains the 28-year-old, was instrumental in organising the mega-fight last year at Titanic Slipways in which Frampton landed the world title with a unanimous decision against champion Kiko Martinez.

Frampton has since stopped Chris Avalos at the Odyssey Arena before forsaking home comfort to go to Texas and get the verdict against Alejandro González Jr.

Quigg - who stopped Martinez during the summer - is expecting his family's chip shop to receive a boost in business as the fight nears.

Tickets for the fight - the biggest of either man's career - like many of Quigg's before now, can be bought at Brandlesholme Chippy, in Bury, which is owned by the boxer's maternal grandmother Sheila Rowles.

Quigg, who at 15 left school to pursue his passion for boxing, has previously worked in the shop, and has also known his grandmother to offer free portions of chips to those buying tickets for his fights.

Demand for an exceptionally competitive match-up between two undefeated British world champions will be high, and, as a consequence, Quigg is expecting the family business to thrive.

"The fans, I sell a lot of tickets and they pick them up from my nan's chippy," said the 27-year-old.

"They mention my chippy a lot, it's busy at the moment because people are going in because they want the tickets.

"Sometimes I'd go in, if spuds need peeling to get the chips going then I'll help my nan out, but other than that I've always been too busy (with boxing)."

He added: "The family's always had chippies, and it's just stayed in.

"She's getting good business, it's got to be done, but she doesn't need me to get that chippy good business - the food it produces is why it's busy."

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