Over the years boxing has had its rivalries; yet one that springs to the mind for the UK boxing public is Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton. Quigg is the WBA regular super bantamweight champion and Frampton is the IBF titleholder. Both men have been tipped to face each for over the last two years although negotiations earlier in the year were unsuccessful and fell through, with Frampton being offered £1.5million for the fight from Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn.
Quigg has been openly saying the reasoning on why the fight did not come into fruition, stating Barry McGuigan was the reason behind the failure to make the showdown.
Quigg has been quoted as saying “The only obstacle in getting it [the fight with Frampton] made was Barry McGuigan. We offered him 1.5 milliion pounds, which is the equivalent of 2.2 million dollars and he turned that down, or a 60-40 split to the winner. There’s no more fairer than that,”
He added, “The reason why that fight did not happen, in my opinion, because the cheque was made to Carl Frampton and not Barry McGuigan.”
However, things do seem a lot more positive as promoter Eddie Hearn has been speaking earlier this week that he was “more hopeful than ever before” that the fight will be made. Hearn had tried previously to make the fight, yet his rocky relationship with Barry McGuigan may have been the reason the fight was not made.
With Frampton now taking the advisory services of Al Haymon, Hearn states talks are a lot more positive.
“I have held numerous conversations with Al Haymon and there is a lot more positivity around the fight.” Hearn stated.
“Communications are open and various fights have been discussed. I have more hope than ever before that this can be made so let’s wait and see.
“But we are not putting all our eggs in one basket. I met with Bob Arum in London to speak about Quigg fighting Donaire in November. Frampton is the priority but this would be a huge fight as well. We have discussed some ideas, like Dubai and Manchester and Donaire has no problem with fighting in the UK. We’ll see how it plays out – both are excellent fights. Frampton is our preferred option, whether that is this winter or next spring,” the promoter later went on to say.