Three things that Carl Frampton has in his favour against Scott Quigg

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Carl Frampton is favourite to beat Scott Quigg this weekend, and here are three things that the Northern Irishman can use to his advantage.


After a lengthy build-up, there are just four days left before Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg meet at the Manchester Arena with their respectively world super-bantamweight titles on the line.


Frampton - the IBF title holder - is favoured by the bookmakers to register his 22nd victory as a professional, but some well-known figures within the sport believe that Quigg's punch-power could prove to be the difference.


Earlier today, we outlined three factors that Quigg has in his favour ahead of Saturday's showdown, but here are three reasons why Frampton has reason to feel confident about adding the WBA belt to his collection.


1) Will relish going to opponent's backyard


While Frampton would have preferred this bout to be taking place in Belfast, the thought of heading into Quigg's territory may provide him with extra motivation to retain his world crown.


Frampton would have also learned lessons from being put down twice in the first round against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr in July. He was fortunate not to be facing a bigger puncher or else he could have been knocked out, but that is arguably the experience he required before facing Quigg.


His disappointing showing that night was also put down to a lack of atmosphere, but that won't be a factor on Saturday. Promoter Eddie Hearn has predicted one of the greatest atmospheres that British boxing has ever seen, and if that is the case, Frampton should rise to the occasion.


2) David Haye and George Groves


When Shane McGuigan linked up with David Haye and George Groves, the attention was focused around how McGuigan was going to get the best out of both men, and it was argued that it may prove to be a distraction during his preparations with Frampton.


However, the connection with Haye and Groves could not have come at a better time for the 29-year-old. While he has experienced big occasions in Belfast, it won't be anything compared to Saturday night and he perhaps needed some guidance ahead of his first world title fight in England.


Both Haye and Groves have participated in high-profile contests at the Manchester Arena, as well as in London, and any advice that they have given to their new stable mate could give him an extra edge.


3) Superior boxing skills


Much of Frampton's success in the past has been down to his technical ability and boxing brain, and these factors can help him to nullify the power of Quigg.


Quigg and trainer Joe Gallagher have tried to talk Frampton into their kind of fight - a bout at close quarters that gives Quigg a better chance of securing a stoppage - but if Frampton boxes to a plan and keeps his distance, he will make it hard for his opponent.


He will also take into account that Quigg has rarely fought 12 rounds at a high intensity and lacks experience in thinking his way through the closing stages of a match when it is tight on the scorecards.