Scott Quigg is expecting “the best Carl Frampton there has ever been” when the two fighters collide in a super-bantamweight unification fight early next year, live on Sky Sports.
The eagerly-anticipated Battle of Britain takes place at the Manchester Arena on February 27 with Frampton putting his IBF title on the line in a bid to try and snare Quigg’s WBA crown.
“I knew it was going to be a big fight and the interest was going to be massive but to be honest with you, it’s bigger than I thought,” Quigg told Sky Sports News HQ.
“Tickets went in no time… the press and everyone has got behind this and rightly so. We are two top fighters at the top of our game who are both going to put it all on the line.
“People always raise their game for a big fight so I’m expecting the best Carl Frampton there’s ever been, better than any tape I have ever seen of him.
“But I don’t care how he turns up because I know I have improved massively since my last fight and I am going to have too much for him.
“There is no added pressure on me because I have a fear of failure and a fear of losing and that’s the pressure I always deal with. I’m more than confident when the pressure is on. I thrive on it.”
Quigg demolished former IBF champion Kiko Martinez inside two rounds on his last outing but Frampton’s last fight did not go to plan, with the Northern Irishman floored twice en route to a points win over Alejandro Gonzalez.
“Our last two performances were two completely different ways of winning,” said Quigg.
“I went and blew Kiko Martinez out in two rounds and that was something he [Frampton] couldn’t do.
“He went over to America and thought he was going to crack America and say he had arrived but he came back with his tail between his legs. But I do think that will make him a better fighter because he got carried away with the hype and now he is going to go back to the drawing board.
“Him and his trainer Shane are going to look at his mistakes and try and put them right but there are many more mistakes that weren’t capitalised on by Gonzalez. And if he turns up against me with those mistakes, there will only be one winner.”
Quigg was speaking to Sky Sports News HQ live from the gym in Bolton where he was being put through his paces on Christmas Day.
“I’m a gym rat and I’m in the gym every Christamas unless it falls on Sunday,” he said.
“It’s just a normal day but Christmas is also a day to enjoy and I wouldn’t enjoy it if I wasn’t in the gym, whether I’m in camp or not.”