Frampton and Quigg negotiations bearing no fruit
It remains unclear if the huge UK domestic scrap between talented junior featherweight pair Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg will materialize this summer but the signs don’t look particularly encouraging.
Earlier today, Quigg’s promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, offered Frampton ┬ú1.5million ($2.2 million USD) to face his rival in Manchester, England on July 18. Quigg, accompanied by Hearn, confirmed the offer live on Sky Sports News in the UK.
“He’s now got 1.5 million reasons for him to fight me,” said Quigg, who holds the WBA “regular” title at junior featherweight. “This is the closest the fight has ever been. I believe he wants the fight but we’ll find out today. Carl – let’s get this fight made.
[Editor’s Note: THE RING only recognizes Guillermo Rigondeaux as WBA titleholder.]
Shortly thereafter, a press release was issued by Cyclone Promotions outlining the following information on behalf of Frampton, who holds the IBF title at 122 pounds.
“Cyclone Promotions have made several attempts to organize a follow-up meeting with Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport to progress these negotiations,” read the release.
“Matchroom Sport understands Carl Frampton is under contract with Cyclone Promotions. If Matchroom Sport is interested in joining Cyclone Promotions in staging this fight, we recommend that they accept the invitation for a follow-up meeting.”
Hearn responded, “It is not about Cyclone Promotions and Matchroom Sport; it’s about Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton. If Cyclone Promotions need their name on the poster and Michael Buffer to mention them in the introductions, then no problem.
“They are right; negotiations have been ongoing but they ended last week when we hit a brick wall. There’s no offer from them and all the revenue is being delivered by us. We have massive respect for Carl. He’s a brilliant fighter that I have worked with in the past.
“These are two great champions and we just want to see the fight. Let’s get it made.”
Frampton and Quigg, THE RING No. 1 and 3-rated junior featherweights respectively, both seem very keen to do battle as quickly as possible.
“My team and I have been in negotiations with Matchroom Sport to co-promote this fight,” said Frampton, who called out Quigg following a one-sided beat down of mandatory challenger, Chris Avalos, in February.
“It has been made very clear to Matchroom throughout the entire negotiation period that this huge domestic fight can only take place as a co-promotion. It is therefore frustrating that Matchroom have deviated from negotiations with this offer.”
Tom Gray is a member of the British Boxing Writers’ Association and has contributed to various publications. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing.