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Maybe I am a smaller Irish version of Ricky Hatton says Frampton

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No doubt Manchester Arena will play host to one of the greatest atmospheres seen in a boxing fight this side of the Atlantic on February 27.

There will be an Irish invasion and The Jackal Army will be out in force. If you think they generated a sensational atmosphere in Belfast wait till you see Manchester.

Frampton versus Quigg should be something exceptional in terms of atmosphere. Indeed so expectant are some that they are comparing Frampton’s support to that Ricky Hatton’s 25,000 fans, who made history when they visited Las Vegas for his clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The comparisons between the former Welterweight World champ and Belfast’s IBF super bantamweight ring king don’t end there, as some suggest the pairs down to earth nature is comparable.

However, the undefeated 28 year old isn’t keen on any Hatton comparisons and claims he doesn’t put himself in the same bracket as ‘The Hitman’. Indeed Frampton sang for the ‘There is only one Ricky Hatton’ hymn sheet!

“I’m just an average Joe doing well,” the IBF super bantamweight champion told ESPN. “I’m not going to put myself in the bracket of Hatton, because there was only one Hatton. No one will get to that level again, taking thousands of people to Vegas with them.

“Ricky’s a working class boy, he likes a pint and he’s pretty funny as well. I don’t want to compare myself to Ricky but a smaller Irish version of him, maybe. A man of the people.”


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