Matchroom Promotions founder Barry Hearn believes that Scott Quigg will “absolutely destroy” Carl Frampton.
Quigg, promoted by Matchroom, clashes with Belfast’s Frampton after years of anticipation and months of negotiation on February 27th at the Manchester Arena.
Frampton is favourite with the bookies going into the super bantamweight title unification fight, but many in England are tipping Bury’s Quigg.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Hearn agreed and explained that “I think Quigg absolutely destroys him.”
“Styles make fights, and Quigg is a tough and elusive little fighter. I think he’s too big for Frampton in terms of physical size and I think he hits too hard.
Hearn, father of Eddie, was quick to praise ‘The Jackal,’ but feels that Quigg is just on another level, reasoning that “don’t get me wrong, I think Frampton is a great fighter but I think Quigg is a brutal, horrible piece of work – I mean that in a nice way!”
Like many, the 67 year old feels the pair’s most recent fights will have an impact on the SKY Box Office PPV clash, and that IBF champion Frampton will approach the bout with caution. Hearn believes that Tiger’s Bay man “is going to have to fight a very sensible fight.”
“He can’t come out rolling like he did in his last fight and get knocked down in a round. I think he has learned from that because he probably got complacent with that fight.”
“Quigg took out Kiko Martinez in two rounds in a clinical display but Frampton will have learned from that, and I’m sure he’ll change his tactics.”
Hearn’s high-profile comments are some of the first of 2016 [regarding the fight], and with the match-up now just 7 weeks away, expect promotion to crank up a couple of notches as we close in on one of the biggest fights in modern Irish boxing history.