Quigg/Frampton super bantamweight fight thoughts

Manchester Arena in UK hosts a major boxing match in the super bantamweight
category on 2/27, as IBF title holder Carl Frampton does battle with
challenger Scott Quigg. Both fighters are without a loss and own a KO rate
of at least 2/3rds.
Frampton makes his 3rd defense of the title after defeating Chris Avalos
last year. Previous title holder was Kiko Martinez who lost a unanimous
decision to Frampton in 2013 The WBA Super Bantamweight title changed hands
after Guillermo Rigondeaux’s 3rd successful title defense in 2014.
Rigondeaux was inactive much of 2015 and gave up the title.  He was called
out by both opponents this week for a shot at unifying the titles.
Quigg, from Lancashire is the #3 boxer in the division and #2 in the UK. He
is 31-0-2, 23 KOs. birth 10-9-88.  3rd appearance in this arena, priors
being most recent fight in July 2015 vs Kiko Martinez and vs Rendall Munroe
on 11/24/2012.  Fights exclusively in the UK.  For the first time in 3 years
he’ll take on an undefeated opponent.  Holder of the WBA World division
title since defeating Yoandris Salinas in October 2013, with 5 successful
defenses since.  Last pure KO win was vs William Prado in 2013. Won last 5
fights after draw/majority decision vs Salinas.
On the upswing with all 3 cycles, tho physically is feeling a bit sluggish.
Punching power is getting better, but his mental ability is much stronger
and should be able to anticipate well.
Carlos “The Jackal” is Boxrec.com’s top fighter in the division,  born
2/21/87, undefeated in 21, 14 KOs. The Northern Island native also just
fights in the UK tho defended his title in the US last fight out  on
7/18/15.  Ever since being a titleist he’s won vs 4 fighters with 0-1 loss.
Last pure KO was 4/14 vs Hugo Fidel Cazares.  Holder of the title since
defeating Chris Avalos a year to the day, with one defense since.
Decisions in 2 of last 3, then a streak of 4 KOs before that.
Decent cycles at best for Carlos…physically he’s at his nadir..mentally he
fares a lot better, about as well as his opponent. Emotionally he’s been
better, still positive but not as attuned to his environment as in past
days. In fact, he’s going through an emotional criitial days, so he’s prone
to outbursts, tantrums, showing up his opponent, and such, without having
much of a handle on his own responses.
Common: Quigg defeated the previous holder of the IBF Super Bantamweight
title, Kiko Martinez, TKO, 7/18/15.  Frampton with decision vs Martinez
9//6/14 and TKO 2/9/13.
Both have TKO wins vs Gavin Reid and Yuriy Vorinin in their pre titleist
days.
I’m seeing this fight as a decision for Quigg, who will take advantage of
his opponent’s unstableness.

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