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Frampton tells Quigg: I've a score to settle with you

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton has told fight fans not to expect a rematch with WBA champion Scott Quigg, such is the beating he will hand out to his opponent tomorrow night at the Manchester Arena.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has spoken about a return fight in Belfast this summer, even though it is not in thecontract, but IBF World super-bantamweight champion Frampton believes once will be enough to more than

prove he is the superior fighter.

Tensions between the two camps have reached fever pitch and the expectation around everyone in British boxing is for a fight to remember between the two World super-bantamweight champions, but Frampton said:

“There’s been talk of a rematch back in Belfast but you can only have a rematch if it warrants it and I don’t think this is going to be a contest. No-one is going to want to see it again.

“This camp has been fantastic. I’ve been absolutely flying in the gym — when I’ve been sparring the gym has come to a standstill because I really have been producing my best boxing ever.

“David Haye stopped to watch one of my last sparring sessions and said that I looked like a prime Yuri Gamboa — the great Cuban featherweight world champion. That was a very big compliment...

I’m just feeling amazing shape and ready to go.”

The Tigers Bay man added: "Sometimes in camp you can come out and feel a bit flat from a spar but I haven't had any flat days. I've been feeling great and coming out of the spars feeling more and more confident.

"I know that in this fight I can't switch off for a moment and I won't because this is going to be my best performance to date.

"They've made a lot of bold statements about what they're going to do and I wonder how long it will take for guys like Quigg's coach Joe Gallagher to crawl out from under the rock after their man loses."

Meanwhile, Frampton's coach Shane McGuigan dismissed any concerns over his fighter's weight - an issue that led to a below-par performance in his last defence in El Paso.

Concerns over the Belfast man's weight for this camp were raised by Sky boxing pundit Johnny Nelson but McGuigan laughed it off and openly revealed just where he stands ahead of today's weigh-in when the super-bantamweight limit is 122lbs.

"He had a check weigh-in with the British Boxing Board of Control and was 123.9lbs. That is nothing, that's a pee away from making the weight!" said McGuigan. "This is the lightest he has been. For the Chris Avalos fight he was around the same and he gave one of his best performances and that's what is going to happen on Saturday night.

"Quigg's people came here to the press conference looking for an edge.

"They came here looking for that extra two or three per cent, looking for that edge but we're not because Carl ticks every box and in this camp he has ticked every box.

"I've never been so confident and happy before a fight."

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