Frampton surprised by Manchester reception, hopes Belfast fans respect Quigg

He may have been expecting boos and hisses, but Manchester fight fans applauded Carl Frampton today at the Manchester Arena. ‘The Jackal’ was in attendance at the second stop on his and Scott Quigg’s three-city media tour ahead of their February 27th showdown.

In front of a small crowd at the venue which will host next year’s mega-fight, the Belfast man was politely applauded when he was introduced, while their were loud cheers for local boxer Quigg.

Speaking afterwards to IFL TV, Frampton expressed his pleasant surprise saying that “it was good, I didn’t hear one boo and some people were clapping their hands.”

The Tiger’s Bay star wants similar respect for the Bury boxer tomorrow, however he is less pushed on a friendly reception for Quigg’s team. Frampton reasoned that “I can’t promise that that’s gonna happen tomorrow in Belfast, but I hope Scott gets the appreciation that he deserves as a fighter.”

However the IBF champ concluded by saying that “I dont’t know how well Joe Gallagher [Quigg’s trainer] and Eddie Hearn [Quigg’s promoter] are liked in Belfast so there might be a different atmosphere for them two.”

Watch Frampton’s full interview with IFL TV below:

Joe O'Neill

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