Carl Frampton is recognized by most as the No. 2 super bantamweight in the world, but he feels there are still some out there who doubt how good he is, and that going through Scott Quigg on Saturday is the best way to prove it, especially in the United Kingdom.
Frampton says he's wanted the fight with Quigg "for four and a half, maybe five years," and feels "like a kid at Christmas" now that it's just days away.
"I've wanted this fight for a long time. I want to prove I am the best super-bantamweight in the UK and the only way I can do that is by beating Scott Quigg. There are still some doubters but this is going to be the fight where people sit up and say 'Wow, Frampton can fight' and those doubters will start following me, I promise."
Frampton (21-0, 14 KO) began truly proving doubters wrong in 2013, when he stopped Kiko Martinez in nine rounds to win the European super bantamweight championship. In 2014, he beat Martinez again, this time for Martinez's IBF world title, which he will defend for a third time on Saturday against Quigg, the reigning WBA champion.
But in his last fight, Frampton, 29, did open himself up to renewed doubts. Facing Alejandro Gonzalez in El Paso, Texas, the Belfast native was dropped twice in the first round, which more people remember than the fact that Frampton still settled in and won a wide 12-round decision. Quigg, meanwhile, is coming off of a destructive second round TKO win over the aforementioned Kiko Martinez.