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

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Despite heading into their world title unification clash as the underdog, Scott Quigg has several things in his favour over Carl Frampton.

 

There are just four days to go before the Manchester Arena stages the world super-bantamweight unification clash between Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg.

 

IBF champion Frampton is the marginal favourite to add Quigg's WBA belt to his collection, but the underdog has been tipped by some to cause a surprise at a venue he has made his own since November 2013.

 

The fight is too close to call, but here are three factors that we believe to be in Quigg's favour heading into the bout.

 

1) Joe Gallagher

 

The side-show to the main event has been the verbal jousting between Joe Gallagher and Shane McGuigan. During the three-stop press conference tour at the end of last year, the two went back and forth to defend their respective fighter with neither man particularly gaining the upper hand.

 

As far as their coaching credentials are concerned, they are two highly-regarded trainers who know the flaws and weaknesses of both their own fighter and their opponent, but we feel that Gallagher's ability to get the best out of Quigg is a more significant factor.

 

Frampton's skill-set is already known, but there is a suggestion that we are yet to see the best of Quigg. He has previously displayed some limitations, but Gallagher has shown in the past that he has the tactical nous to get around that.

 

2) Size advantage

 

Any supporter of Quigg has pointed to the fact that the 27-year-old is bigger than Frampton. It is nothing in comparison to the dimensions of Saul Alvarez and Amir Khan, but there is a difference.

 

Frampton is smart enough to find a solution to cope with that, but he cannot afford to make the same mistakes that he did in his last fight against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr.

 

The Mexican was more gangly than Quigg and had a longer reach, but it still suggested that Frampton wasn't entirely comfortable with facing a a physically-bigger fighter.

 

3) Knockout power

 

Frampton has proven that he has the power to change a fight with one punch, but Quigg's record suggests he possesses the greater threat of a stoppage.

 

Quigg has not fought the same calibre of opponents as Frampton, but his performances have been explosive on his last four appearances in Manchester.

 

He has defeated each of his opponents inside three rounds, and while that is unlikely against Frampton, an early finish cannot be ruled out.