The fight that we’ve all been waiting for is getting closer and closer.
Scott Quigg will face Carl Frampton tonight in the ultimate 50/50 fight. Both fighters have the skills and power to beat each other, but who will come out on top?
Fight week, I have asked both current and ex-fighters about who they think will win tonight, and the InstantBoxing.com team have also weighed in with their predictions.
Find out what everybody had to say below!
Stephen Smith (mandatory challenger for the IBF Super-Featherweight title) – Scott Quigg early stoppage.
Nick Blackwell (current British champion) – I think it is a very good fight and am very much looking forward to it but I think Carl Frampton will win this as he’s a better boxer and has a better boxing brain than Quigg. I think he will get the job done inside the distance! Looking forward to this one.
Ricky Hatton MBE (former two weight World Champion) – It’s a 50/50 fight. But if I had to put my last pound on it, I see Scott using fast footwork with lots of angles, not standing infront of Carl where he can set for his big shots. I see it with Scott winning on points or walking him on to a big shot at some point & forcing a stoppage.
Stevie Bell (former Commonwealth Featherweight title challenger) – I’d have to say Frampton in a close fight. It’s going to go down to tactics on the night it’s that close. I think Frampton stops Quigg late which then sets up Quigg-Frampton 2.
Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan (Number 2 ranked Middleweight in Ireland) – I think Frampton is a better boxer and should win if he’s doesn’t get involed in a war. He could possibly be ko’d himself in a war, although he is also capable of winning a war via ko. I see him winning on points or late stoppage if he boxes clever.
Jimmy ‘Kilrain’ Kelly (World title challenger and former Youth World title holder) – I’m hearing that Quigg is looking really good. I’ll go with him.
Anthony Crolla (current WBA Lightweight World Champion) – Quigg inside the distance, rounds 8-10.
Callum Smith (Super Middleweight European champion) – I think it’s a great fight. Two talented fighters at the top of their game. Both unbeaten. I really rate Frampton but I get to see how good Quigg is day in day out and I genuinely believe he comes out on top. I think it ends before 6 too in an exciting fight.
Gary Mushrow – My views on Frampton-Quigg have changed significantly over time. Ask me this question a mere twelve months ago and my answer would have been Frampton by KO. Now? I’m not so sure. There is definitely value in Quigg at 6/4 best priced with Coral. Frampton’s life and death bout with Gonzalez in Texas has left me a little underwhelmed by the Northern Irishman, especially as Gonzalez was soundly beaten by Karim Guerfi just four months later. In comparison, Quigg’s destruction of Kiko Martinez the same night was remarkable. I used to think Frampton’s talent would be enough to see him past Quigg, but Quigg’s unrelenting attitude towards improvement has me siding with the man from Bury. Frampton will use the ring and stick and move in this fight, but Quigg will catch him on the ropes at some point – I just don’t feel Carl has the engine Quigg possesses over those three minute rounds. Quigg TKO 8-10
Elliott Foster – The fans! We are seeing two of the three because Super-Bantamweights in the world (Rigondeaux being number one) fight for the bragging rights in the division. It’s the biggest fight in Britain since Froch-Groves and it won’t be topped for another ten to fifteen years.
Albert Baker – I’m excited for this fight, I see Frampton coming out agressive and the two engaging in a bit of a show of machismo. As things settle down in the fourth round Quigg’s faster hands and boxing will begin to take over the fight en route to an exciting split decision victory.
Lina Baker -Frampton isn’t going to be able to stop Quigg’s offense, Quigg by knockout in the 4th!
Matt Bevan – Frampton to win it on points, probably majority decision. The longer the fight has taken to make, the better chance Quigg has, but Frampton showed in his last fight he has the ability to adjust under pressure. I give Frampton the edge for this one.
John Wharton – Frampton is a fighter who likes to dictate the pace of a fight. Against Quigg he may be unable to do that and may be forced on to the back foot more often than he wants. It then becomes a matter of whether he can keep Quigg off him. I think that Quigg’s bodyshots will be the decisive factor and that he will eventually stop the Irish man inside eight rounds.
Thomas Gonzalez – I’ve got Quigg by stoppage.
Mark Turley – Very hard to call this one. It’s a genuine 50/50 for me, but if I had to put my house on it I’d go Frampton on points. I think he might be a touch too busy for Quigg.
Calvin Kahn – Fighters should look up to Quigg, a humble, respectable fellow. He has decent power and is a dangerous body puncher. I believe Carl Frampton is a strategist, he will weather the storm and win the fight. I think the fight won’t be as close as many people believe, Frampton has a lot of gears and he will be shifting it up on Saturday. However don’t be surprised if Quigg wins within the first 2 rounds. My prediction: Frampton to win.
As for me, I think Quigg will win via stoppage somewhere between rounds 6-8. I think Carl will become frustrated from Scott carrying out the perfect game plan and leave himself open as the fight goes on. Quigg’s power will start to take its toll and the fight will be over, possibly from a left hook to the body which the Bury man is known to be devastating with.
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