This weekend, the Manchester Arena will welcome a tasty super-featherweight clash between the Irish southpaw Jono Carroll and Bury’s Scott Quigg, with the build-up to the fight seeing the former WBA champion calling out the Irishman on Twitter for being a "feather fisted t*t."
Speaking to Matchroom Boxing, Carroll fired multiple verbal blows back at Quigg, waxing lyrically about his own ability to “break people down” and “break people’s hearts.”
"Scott thinks I have feather fists? We'll see, these feather fists will do a lot of damage. He's a strong opponent and Oscar Valdez, who can bang, couldn't get him out of there. I don't hit that hard but I can break people down, I can break people's hearts.”
The Dublin man is also looking further into the year, hoping that a successful night at Manchester Arena could set him up for a featherweight title shot later in the year.
"Quigg is a massive name and a former champion but he has to pass that torch to me now. It's my turn. He's had his day. He's a good, seasoned pro fighter and I can't overlook that. I'm prepared for the world champion, the best him, but I feel like it's my time now.
"I've been training my brain, training different attributes to normal. Quigg is such a big name that it's not hard to get up at 6am for a jog or to push yourself to exhaustion. It's my time. Pass me that torch, Scott! For some reason, I’m thinking round eight."
@jono_carroll is not a man who struggles with the limelight...
Dublin's 'King Kong' leaves it all in the ring 🥊⚡
📺Saturday 7pm Sky Sports📺
Manchester Arena will be a good place for Scott Quigg to return to as he’s won six of his last 7 fights there, lifting the WBA super-bantamweight & international featherweight titles on the way with a loss to Carl Frampton in 2016 being the only blemish on his record.
Quigg v Carroll might be at the top of the card but there’s plenty of action on the night, with the WBO’s number one and two super-middleweight contenders going head-to-head, Zach Parker and Rohan Murdock.
The event’s providing lots of opportunities for local fighters around many divisions, including Ricky Hatton-trained Ibrahim Nadim and Commonwealth Games gold medal winner Anthony Fowler, who’s making his return to the ring for the first time under the tutelage of trainer Shane McGuigan.
The cherry on top is heavyweight prospect and cousin of Tyson, Hughie Fury, is top of the undercard, fighting the Czech Republic's Pavel Sour.
The card starts at 4:30 pm and is live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.