‘That’ Summer’s night in Loftus Road way back in 1985 remains one of Ireland’s greatest sporting memories.
Not only was there massive achievement as Barry McGuigan defeated Eusebio Pedroza to become featherweight champion of the World, there was a massive sense of occasion as the Irish invaded London and packed out QPR’s stadium. It is definitely one of those ‘I was there’ moments that people still recant with affection and joy over 30 years later.
Carl Frampton, the fighter mentored by McGuigan, believes his February 27th clash with Scott Quigg could hold a similar standing as the years pass.
The IBF super bantamweight champion takes on Quigg in a ‘super fight’ in Manchester and. although he goes in as the favourite and already with a world title, the fan-friendly puncher believes this could be his McGuigan-Pedroza moment.
“Thirty years later people still talk about Barry McGuigan beating Pedroza at Loftus Road,” Frampton told Sky Sports.
“And I think this is going to be one of those fights where people will say I was there the night Frampton beat Quigg.”
The fact the fight has being brewing since the turn of the decade aligned with the fact people see it as a genuine 50/50 grudge match makes it a mouthwatering prospect.
Frampton admits as much, but would argue it’s anything but a ‘pick ’em’ clash.
“I think this is [a genuine British super-fight]. In a way Scott and I are lucky to have each other because we are in the lighter divisions and it’s usually the big guys that get all the publicity.”
“But what the boxing public see are two genuinely good fighters. They see it as a 50/50 fight but I don’t. I see Scott Quigg as a good fighter but I feel that I am better than him and now I just need to go and prove it.”