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Conlan: If Frampton gets too emotional he could lose the fight

Micheal Conlan hopes Carl Frampton fights intelligently and not emotionally on February 27.

Like many the World amateur champion and RIO 2016 gold hopeful has noticed that Team Quigg have been trying to ‘wind up’ the IBF World champion ahead of his grudge match with Scott Quigg.

One of Ireland’s top amateurs believes one of Ireland’s best pro at present has taken some of the bait dangled in front of him by a smirking Eddie Hearn and Joe Gallagher, but believes if ‘The Jackal’ lets his head rule his heart he has all the talent to defeat Quigg.

Indeed, although he may be bulling leading into the clash if Frampton plays matador and not bull in Manchester next week he will claim victory in the massive PPV clash.

“If he  gets involved emotionally, he can lose the fight,” Conlan told the Belfast Media Group. “You can see it going that way, the way it has been going on all the press tours at stuff. Carl seems to be biting a bit, when he shouldn’t be.

“But that’s boxing. You can’t let people like that get to you. That’s their job, to try and wind you up and mess your head up. It’s not going to be the first time it has happened in boxing and it is not going to be the last time it happens.

“Eddie Hearn is just going to keep winding Carl up. Barry (McGuigan) is getting to involved too – he needs to take a back seat.”

Although Conlan thinks Frampton could be playing with an emotional time bomb he is confident his fellow Belfast puncher will defeat Quigg, however he predicts Quigg will have success at certain times in the fight.

“I have been watching the build-up, it has been very interesting,” added Conlan. “I think Frampton wins if he sticks to the gameplan, but it’s one of those fights – anything can happen. You can’t be 100 per cent sure who is going to win.

“Going on boxing ability, Frampton should be able to hold him off for the whole fight. If he does I think he wins on points or a late stoppage.

“If Quigg wins by any way, it is by knock-out. I don’t think Quigg can out-box him. He might be able to out-rough him and out-work him. It’s going to be a good fight.”


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