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Carl Frampton slates Scott Quigg for punch power comments

Carl Frampton has hit out at Scott Quigg after his former opponent labeled him a non-puncher.

The pair fought in a massive super bantamweight unification in February 2016 at the Manchester Arena. Frampton won this fight, a drab affair, breaking Quigg’s jaw in the process and leaving the English boxer on the sidelines for over eight months.

Quigg though asserts that the broken jaw was more due to a mistake on his part rather than bone-breaking power from Belfast puncher Frampton

“My mouth was open, that’s it,” the Bury puncher told Villainfy Media as he winds down camp ahead of his WBO featherweight title challenge this weekend.

“I didn’t think Frampton was a big puncher. I still don’t. When I was in the ring with him, not one of his punches stung me or wobbled me. I don’t think he hit hard.”

“If he was that hard of a puncher, I wouldn’t have gone over eight rounds with a broken jaw.”

With the interview circulating around social media, Frampton dismissed Quigg’s argument in cutting fashion.

Quigg fights reigning champ Oscar Valdez at the StubHub Center in Carson this Saturday night, returning to world title level for the first time since the Frampton fight.

‘The Jackal’ himself faces Nonito Donaire in Belfast on Saturday April 21st, with a potential IBF title fight against Lee Selby or Josh Warrington in the pipeline.

Interestingly, though, Frampton’s promoter Frank Warren is keeping the WBO option and a possible Quigg rematch open. Despite Donaire not being in the WBO Top 15, the English veteran had stated his intention to push for the fight with WBO #4 Frampton to be a final eliminator for the brown belt.

Warren is famous for his association and sway with the body, and Donaire was subsequently added into the WBO rankings at #8.

Of course, the rematch question could be put to bed near-indefinitely should Valdez, as expected, retain his title. Quigg is as big as 3/1 with some bookmakers to claim the belt, and Frampton is not backing him to do so.

The Belfast 31-year-old said in his weekly column for the Sunday Life that “I think this could be a real shoot-out and it’s quite possible that both men will hit the deck, but ultimately I feel that Valdez will come out on top.

Watch Scott Quigg’s interview with Villainfy Media in full below:


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie