Carl Frampton explains initial reaction to Hearn and Quigg’s infamous £1.5 million offer

Many where incredulous back in 2015 when then IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton turned down a £1.5million cheque offered by Eddie Hearn, live on Sky Sports News, to face Scott Quigg.

Hearn and the fighter went live on the much watched channel to make the offer to ‘The Jackal’ causing quite a stir at the time.

The fact the Belfast favourite turned down the offer added to the furore, but Frampton now revealed the decision turned out to be the right one.

Speaking on the Lock Down Tactics, the three weight world title hopeful revealed he was annoyed at the time and was well aware the fight was worth more for him.

“I remember the first offer that was made to me. I seen it like everyone else, Sky Sports news, Scott Quigg and Eddie Hearn holding cheque for one million pounds and waving it about,” Frampton started.

“It was like ‘what are you’s doing?’ I remember being really annoyed about that because I knew I could get more than they were offering.

“People were instantly saying ‘a million pounds he has to take the fight’, but if I had of accepted a million they’d have been doing a lot better than me out of the fight. I knew what I was doing and I got the right deal in the end.

Speaking around the time his thoughts he noted “I was embarrassed for him, it was cringe. I was at home watching it on TV and there was so much smugness, I didn’t really wanna watch it.”

Rumour has the former two time world out again on a BT Sports show on August 8.

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