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David Haye is in awe of Carl Frampton's high level of quality

By David Kelly

Former World heavyweight champion David Haye has revealed how he has been blown away by Carl Frampton's training sessions leading up to Saturday night's World super-bantamweight title showdown with Scott Quigg.

Haye is convinced the Belfast man will come out on top against Quigg having had an up close and personal view of the Jackal in sparring.

The 35-year-old, trained by Frampton coach Shane McGuigan, expects "fireworks" at the Manchester Arena but with the Belfast man ultimately the show stopper before a sold-out 19,000 arena.

"Quigg is very good, strong and has great punch output but I don't believe this fight is about fitness or power - it's about technique and who can adapt on the night. That falls with Frampton," said Haye.

"For me, Carl Frampton's technique, punch variety, movement and angles are a bit better than Quigg's.

"I've seen him adapt in training. He can do something in one spar and then do something completely different. His last few sessions, I was mesmerised.

"I've seen him progress to the point where he could do anything in the ring. He was avoiding everything and landing what he wanted to land.

"After the last sparring session I thought: 'Wow. There's only going to be one winner in this fight'. I didn't know he could do that. I was like: 'Are you going to do that on the night? Then it's going to be easy for you'.

"It's going to be absolute fireworks. It's a great thing for a country to have a champion but when you've got two from the same country, it makes for a huge fight. The last time was myself against Enzo Maccarinelli. He had a lot more hype than I had so when we fought at The O2, it was really special. The first big fight I ever had.

"That fight was supposed to be a 50-50 fight but in my heart, I knew it was heavily in my favour. The same thing is being said about Frampton v Quigg but after seeing what I've seen in training, I believe it's in Frampton's favour.

"It's going to be special and people will look back at this fight in years to come and say it was where the superstar was born."

Frampton's preparation has been honed to perfection by McGuigan, whose willingness to embrace new ideas has impressed two-weight World champion Haye, who is hunting another World title shot.

He added: "The thing that gives him the edge is he doesn't think he knows it all. When a trainer gets to a position where he thinks he knows better than any other trainer is where he stops learning."

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