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Scott Quigg laughs off Carl Frampton's 'lack of intelligence' jibe

Scott Quigg has shrugged off Carl Frampton's insults and insisted he is happy for his rival world champion to think he lacks intelligence.

Belfast's IBF super-bantamweight champion Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs) has claimed Quigg's "lack of intelligence outside of the ring reflects on how he fights inside the ring" and believes he will be too clever for him at the Manchester Arena on Saturday.

Manchester's WBA title-holder Quigg (31-0-2, 23 KOs), 27, is determined to prove Frampton wrong in their world title unification fight after leaving school aged 14 with no qualifications to pursue his dream of becoming world champion. A feat he achieved in 2013.

"People have asked me if it annoys me him saying I'm not clever, but it honestly doesn't -- I find it funny," Quigg told ESPN. "It's all part of the fight, but he genuinely believes that and I'm glad he does because that will be his downfall in the fight.

"It's water off a duck's back for me, I don't let anything get to me, but he really believes it.

"In my last fight I showed I can be clever. People thought I had a bad first round against Kiko Martinez, but in every sparring session I did, I did exactly the same in the fight against Martinez.

"I let him come to me and he took the bait and he wouldn't have done that if I didn't do what I did in the first round. I knew that I was comfortable, I had planned to do it like that, and in the second round I stopped him."

Quigg believes home advantage at Manchester Arena -- where he has boxed five times -- will give him a slight edge in the world title unification fight.

"We've both had the same number of tickets, I've sold out mine and he's sold out his, so the fans and atmosphere won't be a factor," Quigg said.

"But the fact that it is in Manchester, my home city, does give me an edge. I will sleep in my own bed the night before the fight, I've been in the arena that many times, and fought there, that everything is familiar to me.

"I will be comfortable and everything will be the same to me, nothing unusual, which won't be the same for him.

"He performs well in Belfast but take him outside of Belfast, like they did for his last fight, and he's not as good. He likes home comforts with the big crowd behind you.

"Who knows how it will affect you. I'm not banking on it -- but it is a slight edge."

Frampton, 29 last Sunday, intends to stick to his boxing, keep his emotions in check and avoid getting drawn into a brawl.

"I don't think I'll have any problems keeping it a boxing match and not letting it turn into a scrap," said Frampton.

"I'm not daft, I have a good boxing brain and I'm not going to let the hype surrounding the fight get to me. I'm going to do what I have to do to win the fight.

"But I'm not going to let the blood rush to my head, I'll be cool and calm on the night and get the job done.

"Quigg thinks that his strength is to fight on the inside but I'm equally as comfortable on the inside as he is. But on the back foot I'm head and shoulders above him.

"I will be able to figure him out quite quickly after one round. I'm pretty much comfortable with wherever the fight goes."