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Carl Frampton homing in on victory over Scott Quigg: Dave McAuley

By Frank Brownlow

Carl Frampton will not be hindered by having to fight Scott Quigg in his own backyard - that's the view of Dave 'Boy' McAuley who won a massive domestic dust-up when the world title was on the line.

McAuley travelled to Wembley Arena and outpointed Londoner Duke McKenzie to take the world flyweight title back in 1989.

Belfast fighter Frampton puts his IBF super bantamweight title on the line against Bury boxer Quigg at the Manchester Arena on February 27.

It is a showdown that has been building for a long time, with a deal finally clinched on Monday, Frampton said to be getting in the region of £1.5million.

And McAuley, who retired in 1992 and is rated as one of Ulster's finest ever world champions, is confident Frampton has too much in his armoury and tips 'The Jackal' for a stoppage late in the fight.

"I went to London and beat Duke McKenzie to take the title - and there's no doubt that fighting away from home eases the pressure," he said.

"Carl will have plenty of support in the arena as he's not too far from home. Quigg is the home fighter but Frampton won't be worried about that.

"Fighting in the other guy's backyard never bothered me - once you are in the ring it's just you and your opponent.

"It won't be easy but I feel Frampton will stop Quigg in the later rounds.

"Quigg's style will suit Frampton," he added.

"Frampton is smart. He can fight when he needs to, he can box, he's good on the back foot, he can counter punch. He has also shown he has the ability to adapt to particular situations.

"Quigg is a good puncher but he's relatively easy to hit.

"Frampton just has to use his head and not become involed in a brawl," McAuley said.

"He has to jab Quigg and wear him down, he has to hit and move - if he does that he can stop him late on.

"Quigg is good but doesn't have the tools to beat Frampton."

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The 28-year-old was on the deck in his last fight against Alejandro Gonzalez in El Paso, Texas before bouncing back to win on points.

But McAuley does not see that as an issue ahead of a bout with a renowned puncher like Quigg.

"Look, he got caught cold, it's not a big deal," he said. "It always took me two or three rounds to warm up.

"Frampton will win because he has the edge in every department."

McAuley sees Quigg as an ideal fight for Frampton before he goes after big guns Guillermo Rigondeaux and Leo Santa Cruz.

"Rigondeaux would be a great fight," he said.

"Frampton would definitely win it.

"Santa Cruz would be a more difficult proposition because he is tall for the weight.

"But unifying the world titles is the best route for Frampton - there are plenty of big fights at super bantamweight, he doesn't need to move up in weight."

So for McAuley, Frampton can win the battle of the undefeated fighters. Then it's bring on Rigondeaux.

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