Bernard Dunne: I hope Frampton wins my old title

Bernard Dunne is hoping that Carl Frampton can win the belt that the Dubliner once held when he takes on Scott Quigg this weekend.

However, Dunne believes that the fight is one which is too close to call.

Speaking on the Ringside Toe2Toe podcast, ‘The Irish Rover’ broke down the clash and mused that “Scott is going to have to be solid, walk forward and Frampton will box and move. I think Scott has to be patient though and accept he’s probably going to lose the early rounds. He can’t get frustrated by it and jump in, because then Carl will catch him.

“There are two very different styles. Carl moves well in the ring, boxes and picks his shots and combinations. He’s got such variety. Scott is more rigid, tight and compact and looks to wear guys down. It makes for a hell of a night.”

“When he gets an opportunity, Scott really has to take it by hurting Carl down low, slowing him down and bringing him into the latter stages. Let’s see if Carl can last the pace.”

While Dunne can’t split the pair, he is hoping his fellow Irishman can pull off the win and noted that “I’ll be in Dublin watching and cheering on Carl.”

Commending the Belfast man, Dunne explained that “he’s someone I admire. I know what sort of sacrifices you have to make, leaving your family and being 100 per cent focused. It’s a short window you get to work in and he’s done himself proud.”

“Living in Barry’s shadow can be difficult at times but Carl has managed it really well. He’s a hell of a boxer. He can fight when he needs to but he’s a hell of a boxer with a great brain on him.”

Joe O'Neill

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