The loyal Jackal Army might argue otherwise, but Carl Frampton believes he has a lot more to do before securing the kind of legacy Barry McGuigan boasts.
McGuigan, who currently mentors the IBF Champion and works alongside him as CEO of Cyclone Promotions, is one of if not the most recognizable, revered and respected Irish fighting names and he is currently helping Frampton reach equal levels of love and respect.
Indeed, the Belfast world champ, who fights Scott Quigg in an eagerly anticipated clash on February 27 of next year, has emulated the ‘Clones Cyclone’s’ ring achievements having buckled European and World titles around his waist.
However, the undefeated 28 year old told ESPN he feels he has more to do to ensure he becomes a historic fight figure.
“Obviously Barry was a massively popular figure when he was fighting in the ’80s,” Frampton said. “People see some similarities between us and there are people coming to see my fights who haven’t been to see boxing since a McGuigan fight.
“I would love to win more titles, unify the super bantamweight division, then win a world title at a weight division above. When you do all that, you’ll go down in history like McGuigan.”
The Irish fight fans took over Loftus Road when McGuigan claimed the WBA featherweight championship of the World by beating long reigning champ Eusebio Pedroza back in 1985 and Frampton expects a similar support in Manchester come February 27.
The difference being the well supported champion is deemed the ‘away’ fighter unlike his mentor 20 years ago.
Frampton expects his support to greatly out number that of the Bury man and wonders how the Matchroom fighter will deal will the boos.
Yes I’m out of Belfast and I’ll be staying in a town that I’m not used to, but when I step out onto the ramp, I think I’ll have most of the support,” Frampton said.
“You’re going to expect boos because Quigg’s fans are going to get behind their man, but I believe I’m going to have three-quarters of the support in the arena that night.
“That’s something Scott will have to deal with. When he comes out onto the ramp in front of the home fans, and he’s getting a worse reception [than] the so-called away fighter, how’s he going to deal with that?”