By Jonny Stapleton
CARL Frampton claims Jamie Arthur will prove Scott Quigg’s acid test tonight and will help reveal how good the Commonwealth Champion’s nemesis really is.
Having knocked out Kris Hughes in dramatic fashion to win plaudit’s a plenty last weekend the Belfast Boy gets to sit back and watch his arch rival for the hottest super bantamweight prospect crown defend his British title against veteran Arthur.
And the undefeated 24 year old believes Arthur will provide the type of test that will enable everyone to finally gauge what level the rising Bury star is really at.
“I have been impressed with Scott Quigg, but we will see how good he is on Saturday. He has the chance to impress against a decent opponent. Arthur is probably the best Quigg has faced. Quigg will certainly learn from this fight.” Frampton explained on Sky Sports Ringside show.
Despite team Quigg’s attempts to put an inevitable clash with Barry Mcguigan’s protégé on the back burner the Hatton promoted fighter seems favoured to defeat Frampton when the pair met.
Pundits admit its close, but lean to Quigg based on the fact that after tonight’s dust up he will have double the amount of professional fights Frampton has had.
‘The Jackal’ however refutes the claim he is less experienced and argues he has faced more quality opposition than his potentail opponent.
“He has had a lot of professional fights but he has moved along slowly. If you look at the level of opponent in his 20 odd fights it isn’t great. People have Quigg favourite ahead of me because he has more fights, but I have over 160 amateur fights. I have travelled the world and fought the best out there at amateur level. Quigg hasn’t got that. I have also travel around Britain and Ireland sparring all the top guys out there.”
A week after possibly his most high profile win Frampton is happy and content with how his first defence panned out.
“I am happy. Things went to plan. I knew I needed to finish him because it was one sided and the crowd did have an impact on me. I knew I could pick it up at anytime but I waited and it all worked out in the end.”