Battle of Britain: Ricky Hatton hopes Bury star Scott Quigg can prove he is nation’s best against Carl Frampton

By Michael Kelleher

Bury boxing star Scott Quigg looks set for a summer super-fight after Ricky Hatton revealed wants to match him with Irish fighter Carl Frampton.

Both super-bantamweights are coming off impressive victories with Frampton knocking out Steve Molitor in September while Quigg stopped Rendall Munroe in their bout in Manchester last weekend.

Hatton, who represents Quigg through his company Hatton Promotions, is keen to make to make the fight to settle the dispute over which of the pair is number one on the domestic scene.

“Scott wants the fight, Carl wants the fight and as his promoter I want to put the best fights on out there, so I don’t see why not,” Hatton said.

“They want to fight each other and I’m not going to get in the way of Scott wanting his dream which is to prove he is the number one.

“Frampton’s last performance against Molitor was good, but I think Scott is a better performer. “

Frampton, who has been calling Quigg out for some time, thinks the two should square off before either progresses to a world title shot.

 “It should happen sooner rather than later. There is no point gifting your way to a world title. Prove you are the best in your country first and then you can move forward,” he said.

“A lot of people think I am the best super-bantamweight in Britain and a lot of people think Scott Quigg is but there is only way to prove who it is.

“We are fighters, this is a business and I respect him for what he’s done but I just believe I am a better fighter than he is.”

Hall of Fame boxer Barry McGuigan, who manages Frampton, admits Quigg is a talented fighter but is confident his fighter has the skills to win and backed his compatriot to become a world champion.

“I was very impressed with Quigg last week against Munroe – he showed me a lot of skill,” he said. “But Frampton has got more in his locker, he hits harder and he is just a better fighter.”

“He will be world champion, there is no question about it – he is an exceptional kid.”

Frampton, who is ranked sixth in the world by Ring Magazine, will take on Kiko Martinez at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on February 9.

Frampton’s trainer, Shane McGuigan, who also trains Freddie Flintoff, hopes a mega-fight with Quigg can be made after his fighter faces Martinez and backed Frampton to take them both out.

“Scott Quigg versus Carl Frampton would sell 20,000 tickets. It’s a massive fight and every boxing fan wants to see it,” he said.

“That is the one that we want, that is the money fight and I have no doubt in my mind that Carl can beat Kiko Martinez and Scott Quigg on the same night.”

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