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Quigg Not Concerned With Possible Frampton Clash

British super-bantamweight champion Scott Quigg insists he is unconcerned by Carl Frampton's persistent calls for a blockbusting domestic showdown.

Quigg puts his 24-fight unbeaten record on the line on Saturday night at Manchester Velodrome when he meets Leicester's former European king and world-title challenger Rendall Munroe (24-2) to contest the interim WBA crown.

The 23-year-old believes it is a clash between the country's top two operators at 8st 10lbs and is irked by the vociferous claims coming from Commonwealth champion Frampton - protege of Irish ring legend Barry McGuigan - and his camp.

"The talk has gone away for me because any time anyone mentions it I just pay no attention," Quigg said.

"I'm not bothered about Carl Frampton in the slightest. I'm fighting for bigger and better things at the moment.

"If the fight's ever made, it's made. If it's not, I won't lose any sleep over it.

"I don't know (whether the bout will happen), he might get beaten in his next fight."

Quigg accepts he must improve himself to avoid such a fate against Munroe, 32, having climbed off the canvas to overcome Wales' Jamie Arthur last time out in February.

"I got put down because of a lack of concentration, because the fight was so easy," he said. "I'd not been hit in three rounds.

"If I do that in this fight it could be all over, so there's no way there'll be any lack of concentration. I'll be switched on until the final bell.

"In my eyes, Rendall's number one until I beat him because of what he's done in the past. He's fought at the highest level - I've never touched that level."

Victory would clear a route to such company, but the highly-rated Bury prospect is happy to bide his time.

WBA champion-proper Guillermo Rigondeaux - a former sparring partner of Quigg's during one of his annual training trips to California - underlined his status as one of the sports' most scintillating talents with a five-round demolition of Teon Kennedy in Las Vegas last weekend.

"I'm a realist, I'm at least 18 months away from someone like him," Quigg added.

"This is a fight to get me ready for someone like that. The guy is something else."

On the undercard, Sheffield veteran Ryan Rhodes bids to regain the European light-middleweight title against big-punching Belorussian Sergey Rabchenko, while St Helens middleweight Martin Murray returns to the ring for the first time since his creditable draw with WBA ruler Felix Sturm to face French champion Karim Achour.

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