Quigg: I hope I’m wrong but Santa Cruz could knock Frampton out

Scott Quigg feels that Leo Santa Cruz could knock-out Carl Frampton when the pair meet on July 30th, but the Bury boxer hopes he is wrong as he chases a rematch with ‘The Jackal.’

Quigg was defeated by the Belfast man at the Manchester Arena back in February in a massive PPV super bantamweight World title unification, severely breaking his jaw in the process.

Frampton has since moved up to 126lbs for a fight with Mexican-American three-weight champ Santa Cruz.

Speaking to IFL TV backstage after Liam Smith’s WBO light middleweight title defence on Saturday, Quigg gave his thoughts on next months clash at the Barclay’s Centre in New York.

The Englishman admitted that “he [Frampton] is a good fighter, obviously, I’m not going to sit here and sound bitter cos he got the win over me.”

“But I do think that Santa Cruz will be to busy for him, style-wise.”

Elaborating, Quigg explained that “I don’t think Frampton has the power to get his attention and to keep him boxing on the back foot.”

Indeed the Matchroom puncher feels that Frampton could be in for an early night and stated that “if I were to put money on it, and I’m not a betting man anyway, I’d say that Santa Cruz is going to win that fight and potentially stop him.”

Tha is not to say, however, that Quigg will be cheering for ‘El Terremoto’ in the huge PBC summer showdown. The 27 year old is determined to secure a rematch and feels that a Jackal win stateside will make for a bigger return leg if the two ever lock horns again, reasoning that “I hope I’m wrong and Frampton wins cos it makes the fight bigger when we fight again.”

“Whatever I have to do to get that fight I will do.”

“I’ll make sure that fight happens.”

“In my eyes it’s unfinished business.”

Watch Scott Quigg’s full interview with IFL TV below:

Joe O'Neill

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