Carl Frampton takes on Scott Quigg on Saturday 27th February at the MEN Arena in Manchester. This is a unification fight for the World Super-bantamweight titles, with Quigg the current WBA champion and Frampton the current IBF champion. Viewers in the UK will be able to see the fight live on Sky Box Office PPV.
The current outright odds for the fight are as follows:
Carl Frampton 8/13 (Betfred)
Scott Quigg 6/4 (Coral/Ladbrokes)
Draw 25/1 (Stan James)
Both fighters are unbeaten with Frampton 21-0 (14 KOs) coming into the fight and Quigg 31-0-2 (23 KOs).
Quigg’s two draws are a technical draw against Rendall Munroe who suffered a cut early in the fight, Quigg then crushed Rendall in his next fight.
The other draw was a majority draw against Yoandris Salinas in probably the closest fight of his career. Salinas was a slick and crafty fighter, but most had Quigg edging the fight, however there was never a rematch as Quigg seemed to struggle against Salinas who was a notable amateur with 300 amateur fights, whereas Quigg had a limited amateur career of only 12 fights, something which could go against him in the clash against Frampton.
Frampton – Questions over last fight
Frampton had a spotless pro career up until his last fight, with win after impressive win coming against decent opposition – Frampton appeared to combine world level power with excellent technical skills and a good chin. People had Frampton as a clear favourite for any clash with Quigg, but things changed in Frampton’s last fight when he travelled to the US to make his debut over there against a tough Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Jnr.
Frampton was expected to look good on his US debut, but from the off looked sluggish and got dropped twice in the 1st round to the shock of everyone watching. Frampton regrouped and took the fight on a clear points decision, but the shine had really been taken off him and question marks now hang over how he might react to Quigg’s power.
Quigg and Frampton both have power
Since that draw against Salinas, Quigg has put together a run of 5 wins on the bounce, with 4 coming by KO. In his last fight he smashed the tough and seasoned former world champion Kiko Martinez in 2 rounds. This was Quigg’s standout performance to date and has raised his stock coming into this big fight against Frampton.
Frampton also has impressive power, though probably a little bit more ‘wearing down’ type of power than Quigg’s explosive power. Frampton has previously KO’d Kiko Martinez in 9 rounds before being taken 12 rounds by the Spaniard in a rematch. Frampton has also blown away American Chris Avalos in five brutal rounds, so both fighters can claim to have the power to knock the other guy out.
Carl Frampton vs Scott Quigg Manchester Press Conference Video
The bookies have made Frampton the odds-on 8/13 favourite for the fight, with Quigg available at a rather juicy looking 6/4 with Coral and Ladbrokes. Up until the last fights of both men I could understand those odds, but now I see this very much as a 50/50 fight. Frampton has the more impressive amateur record of 114-11, winning various titles and it is that background which still probably does give him the edge in this fight.
Quigg had only 12 amateur fights, so has ‘learnt on the job’ in his pro career, but does have more pro fights than Frampton, albeit initially at a lower level in his early days.
Let’s take a look at the ‘method of victory’ odds which sometimes provide more interesting betting opportunities.
Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg – Method Of Victory Odds
Frampton by Decision/TD 15/8 (Stan James)
Frampton by KO/TKO 11/4 (Bet365)
Quigg by KO/TKO 11/4 (Betfred)
Quigg by Decision/TD 11/2 (Bet365)
Frampton is the favourite to win on points, which is probably fair due to his more impressive amateur background. Also, even though he was knocked down in his last fight, he did show a certain amount of chin to still carry on and win the fight.
It’s a tough one to choose, I’ve been impressed with both and it’s a real pick ‘em fight. Both fighters come into this with vulnerabilities, Quigg having also been put down in some early career fights, he was a little raw back then, but still it proves he also can be hurt.
My overall gut feeling is that Frampton, with his better amateur background is probably just going to edge a very close contest. I think both will be very wary of the others power and in that sort of fight then the better boxer should win. Excuses can be made for Frampton’s last fight, such as maybe he was underestimating his opponent and it was his first show in America, so overlooking that performance you still have to feel that Frampton is probably the more rounded all-round fighter who can box AND bang.
If there is going to be a knockout then I do feel it will come from Quigg, who is such an explosive fighter, especially in the first 6 rounds, I think 11/4 offers sufficent value for bettors to maybe have some small stakes on this. I would also recommend taking a look at the odds in play and try to react to any changes in the fight as this one is going to be explosive and unpredictable. Good luck with your bets!
5 pts on Carl Frampton to win by Decision/TD @ 15/8 (Stan James)
1 pt on Scott Quigg to win by KO/TKO @ 11/4 (Betfred)
Resources to use
http://www.oddschecker.com/boxing/carl-frampton-v-scott-quigg/winner – To get the latest odds and betting markets for the Frampton v Quigg Fight