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Carl Frampton defeated Scott Quigg in a super-bantamweight unification world title bout.

  • Northern Ireland's Frampton put his IBF title on the line
  • Both fighters were unbeaten as professionals
  • Frampton had won all of his previous 21 fights
  • Quigg was undefeated in his 33 contests, with two draws

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Carl Frampton is relishing his much-anticipated showdown with Scott Quigg in Manchester on Saturday night.

The Belfast-born star faces his undefeated opponent in a world super-bantamweight title unification bout.

The pressure on the pair to perform was evident at a fractious weigh-in on Friday in which both men went nose-to-nose for more than a minute.

Frampton said: ""This is the only real rivalry I've had in my career, it's been five years brewing and brewing - and getting bigger all the time.

"I feel like I'm level-headed, I took a step back and smiled and let them carry on, it's all good and all part of the pantomime.

"I am better than him. I have the power to knock him out, from the first round to the last round, and I've also got the boxing brain to comprehensively beat him on points."

Earlier, a dressing room row threatened to jeopardise the fight, with Quigg insisting he would "get changed at home" if it meant ensuring the contest could go ahead.

Frampton intimated he could pull out of the bout if Quigg is given the better dressing room, something Frampton believes smacks of home favouritism.

Yet Quigg insists he is not bothered which changing room he gets, as long as the fight goes ahead.

"It means nothing to me," he told Sky Sports. "They (Frampton's camp) are getting themselves wound up, they have threatened to walk away from the fight if we get the changing room but, to let all these fans down over a changing room, come on, I'm not going to do that.

"I'll get changed at home and come to the arena and get in that ring. It means nothing to me, the changing room, it's just nonsense.

"I respect him as a fighter, but the best Carl Frampton can't touch the best Scott Quigg."