Scott Quigg's mother greatest inspiration as he faces Carl Frampton in fight of his life

When Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton finally meet to contest the biggest fight of their lives in Manchester on Saturday, almost all eyes in the arena will be on the pair of super-bantamweight world champions in the ring.
Scott Quigg's mother greatest inspiration as he faces Carl Frampton in fight of his life

But there will be two, hidden somewhere in the first tier, that will not watch a moment of the action in a clash which has captured the imagination of global boxing.

And, strangely for Quigg, they will belong to the person who he is most petrified of letting down.

“My mum Lynsay is my best mate,” he explains. 

“She goes to all the fights. But she'll be sitting in the lower tier with her hands over her eyes. She won't watch.

“She knows how much I train and the work I put in.

"She knows what I do and yet she's still worried sick because she knows how much it means to me. If she wasn't that close to me, wasn't my best mate and didn't see what I put into training, she'd be even more worried.”

Saturday night will be the culmination of 17 years of hard work for Quigg but he says he would be nowhere without the devotion of his mother, who can be often spotted holding the pads for her talented son.

It was Lynsay, and Quigg's father Kenny, who backed his unusual request for full-time expulsion from Elton High School when he was just 14 so he could dedicate himself to a life of fighting.

It was they, too, who funded his trips to America's fabled Wild Card gym during his formative years.

Now he feels like one mistake against IBF champion Frampton, the endlessly talented Tigers Bay native, could draw a line through all that.

Quigg, who will put his WBA title on the line this weekend, added: “For my mum to work that hard and then pay for trips to America when I first went over there (is incredible).

“If I was to not fulfill what I said I would that would be the biggest insult and slap in the face I could ever give my parents.

“That's why to this day, me and my mum are best mates. That's why I am who I am.”

But there is another woman in Quigg's life, although you might not know it given their unorthodox relationship.

He said: “As well as my parents, I do this for my fiancee Beverley, for what she puts up with.

“We don't do much together. What I mean is we're not like a normal couple. I don't see her during the week.

"The only time I see her is on a Saturday from 12 o'clock until Sunday at 12 o'clock.

“But she doesn't want to tell people that she's 26 and still lives with her mum and dad. We've been together six years and engaged for three, but I refuse to change the way I live because it's got me to where I am.

“Why change something now? I don't want to have to go and get my own shopping. It sounds stupid, but I can get out of bed and walk back in my room five minutes later and my mum's been in and made it.

"All I have to do is concentrate on boxing. I don't make any sacrifices, I put myself through it.

“If I couldn't box, I'd be the most miserable person. I wake up every morning and I do boxing because that's what I want to do. I put the work in and dedicate myself.”

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