OFFICIALLY, only 3% separates these two. Quigg’s knockout ratio stands at 70% while Frampton’s is 67%.
While stats such as those are usually fairly superficial, in this instance they do seem to tell the story of this pairing – Quigg has a very slight edge when it comes to power. His two-round demolition of Kiko Martinez in his last outing stunned most observers, given that the Spaniard had taken Frampton the 12-round distance after being stopped in nine in their first meeting.
Of course, it could be argued Martinez had been ‘softened up’ by Frampton and perhaps was not the same fighter he was when he faced the Ulsterman. Regardless, the right uppercut which marked the beginning of the end for Martinez was sublime from Quigg and the Bury man finished the job in style.
Indeed, Gavin Reid – who fought both men early in their respective careers – told Boxing News that Quigg was more powerful.
“Quigg is certainly the harder puncher of the two, but Frampton has improved so much since then,” he said.
“He [Quigg] had the power that impressed me, and a tremendous workrate. His power didn’t dip from the first round, and he showed no signs of easing up.”
It seems a strange assessment given Frampton stopped Reid in two whereas Quigg took nine rounds, but it proves that Quigg’s tremendous preparation for fights ensures he is dangerous all night.
‘The Jackal’ however is freakishly strong for a 122lbs fighter. Sparring partners – who operate in higher weight classes – have told stories of Carl’s strength. Indeed, he toyed with Chris Avalos before dispatching him last year and stoppage wins over Steve Molitor and Jeremy Parodi caught the eye. When he stopped Martinez, it was a clean right hand which removed Kiko from his senses, rather than a barrage of blows.
FRAMPTON 8.5 – 9 QUIGG