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Carl Frampton believes doubters will become fans when he 'blows fierce rival away'

By David Kelly

Fans in Manchester enjoyed their first look at Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg at the Trafford shopping centre yesterday and the Jackal has promised everyone a fight to remember on Saturday night.

Frampton received plenty of support as he stepped through the ropes for a light work-out in front of shoppers and media ahead of the IBF/WBA World super-bantamweight title clash at the Manchester Arena.

The Sky Box Office event is highly anticipated by everyone in British boxing and opinion is divided on the outcome of a clash that has been brewing for four years.

Belfast man Frampton went through his session with long time coach Shane McGuigan in a relaxed manner, snapping out his blows on the pads - just as Quigg would later do with trainer Joe Gallagher.

Frampton said: "Now that I'm here in Manchester it's beginning to sink in that this fight is really on.

"I'm like a kid at Christmas, I'm itching to go.

"I want to prove that I'm the best super-bantamweight in the UK. There are still some doubters but this is the fight that is going to silence all the doubters. They're going to sit up and take notice of me. The doubters will start following me after this."

While Frampton welcomed the attention he received last night, he is relishing the atmosphere at the Manchester Arena on Saturday when he is expected to have the majority of the support among around 19,000 fans.

Frampton is by some distance the more popular fighter and is always quick to point out just how thankful he is for the backing he has received from his fellow countrymen - but he also points out that his support is not confined to Northern Ireland.

"I want to thank all my fans, I never thought that it would get to this level and it's just getting bigger and better all the time. Being on this platform will help raise my profile even more, I feel very lucky and honoured," he added.

"You're going to see an explosive night, this fight is going to be special, one for the ages.

"I know some people have been trying to make this Northern Ireland against England but I've got support coming from all over. There's people coming from Wales, Scotland, parts of England - there's a good crowd coming from London."

WBA super-bantamweight champion Quigg is equally confident of success in what is the biggest fight of both men's careers.

Unbeaten Quigg seemed genuinely excited as he followed on from Frampton for his work-out before the Sky cameras and the Manchester supporters.

"There's so much on the line and there's no room for error and I can assure you that I won't be making any mistakes," said Quigg.

"I'm so excited for this fight. This is the biggest stage either of us have ever been on.

"I wake up every day and see how much media there is about this fight.

"I came into boxing to be a World champion and I've achieved that but to be able to fight on Sky Box Office, this is everything that I've worked towards and I know that I'm going to win."

Unbeaten Coalisland middleweight Conrad Cummings will now face Victor Garcia of France in an eight-rounder on the undercard of Frampton-Quigg after his initial opponent was ruled out.

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