By Keith Duffy
Former World champion Carl Froch thought Carl Frampton proved his class with a ‘comfortable’ win over Scott Quigg in Manchester on Saturday night.
‘The Jackal’ became the first Irish fighter to unify titles by claiming the WBA and IBF super bantamweight straps in the Manchester Arena in front what seemed like home support.
Former World champ Froch, who sat on the fence in the build up to the Frampton versus Quigg clash believes the Belfast puncher was the winner from the very first bell.
“Forget the scoring, Carl Frampton was pretty comfortable cruising to a win on what was a massive, massive night for him”.
Froch then added “He is a clever fighter and has such a natural talent that it was obvious he was going to be given the decision.”
The most anticipated fight for an Irish fighter in recent years was an intriguing battle, but Froch would have preferred a more exciting dust up.
“It was a shame things didn’t really get going until the last third of the fight but before that if anyone was trying to initiate something, it was always Frampton” said Froch. “He looked like he knew what he was doing and where he was at all night long, and he just seemed ready to step on the gas if he had to,” added Froch.
‘The Cobra’, now a Sky pundit was impressed with Frampton throughout the fight especially when Quigg threw everything he had at the two belt champ in the later rounds.
“He did seem to tire in the ninth, 10th and 11th rounds but when we expected Quigg to really come out firing in the 12th, Frampton still took control from the start of the round,”
The four time super middleweight champion Froch who was involved in many wars during his career – says Frampton showed a champions heart by turning it on in the final round, “That final round was a classic example of just what Frampton has in his locker,” added Carl.
Throughout the contest in Manchester Carl felt “the rounds were close. Yes, it went to a split decision and yes, when I counted up my scores it was a draw, but I think most people in the Manchester Arena had Frampton winning.”