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I'm backing Carl to weave his magic on the home straight, says AP

By David Kelly

One Northern Ireland sporting icon is tipping another to do the business on Saturday night. It's crunch time for Carl Frampton in Manchester when he squares up to Scott Quigg but the Tigers Bay man is being tipped to produce a masterclass.

Legendary jockey Sir AP McCoy has now backed Frampton to whip Quigg into shape.

McCoy dropped in on the IBF World champion in his London gym yesterday to check out how preparations were going ahead of the big night.

The Moneyglass man, who is good pals with Carl and his manager Barry McGuigan, has followed the 29-year-old's career closely.

And while he believes there could be a cautious and respectful start between the super-bantamweights, McCoy is backing his fellow Ulsterman to come out on top down the home straight.

"There's two big reputations on the line but I'm with my man here," said McCoy, who rode a record 4,358 winners.

"I am sure they will show respect to each other early on but from what I've seen, Carl is a very intelligent fighter and he's a big puncher - and I am not just saying that because he's stood next to me wearing his gloves!

"But I do think it will be a great spectacle and it's as exciting a fight as we've seen in this country for a long time.

"I'm a sports fan and I am a boxing fan and at the end of the day it takes two to make a great fight and they are both World champions - and that's what makes it so special."

Meanwhile, Adam Booth knows all about guiding men to the highest echelons of world boxing and he is mapping out such a plan for Ryan Burnett.

Booth was the man behind the rise of David Haye to World cruiserweight and heavyweight title glory, while he also took Andy Lee to the World middleweight title and George Groves to the cusp of a World title fight. Now he wants to make sure Burnett fulfils his potential.

The British bantamweight champion has his first decent test on the supporting bill to Frampton's clash with Quigg when the 23-year-old meets Frenchman Anthony Settoul in a WBC international bantamweight title fight.

Burnett is returning to the same venue where he lifted the Lonsdale belt with a points victory over veteran Jason Booth. It wasn't the exhilarating performance many had hoped for but that was of little concern to the Belfast man's manager and coach.

Booth said: "I was delighted with the way Ryan boxed in his victory over Jason Booth to win the British title. He was boxing to orders. It was a fight in which he was able to practice things and he could do it for 12 rounds.

"It's not often you get the chance to do that... there are too many fighters on their way up blowing people away and then when they step up they get found out.

"I don't want that to happen with Ryan, I don't want him to fall short of the expectations that I have for him and if that means I get some criticism along the way then that's fine.

"But my expectation is that Ryan will become a World champion and if he's not knocking on the door of a World title fight after five fights then I will be very disappointed. I've had this discussion with Eddie Hearn."

Promoter Hearn has already pencilled in a big night at the Odyssey Arena for Burnett on April 30 - assuming that he is able to handle the threat of Settoul.

Booth added: "You have to realise that Ryan's only had 12 fights, he has a lot of learning to do and this opponent Settoule is two steps up from Jason Booth."

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