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Frampton: I was right to turn down ‘smug’ Hearn’s £1.5million cheque

Many where incredulous earlier this year when 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.

‘The Jackal’ has always felt that he, and the fight, is worth more than this and believes that his rejection of the offer has been proven right.

Speaking from his training camp in McGuigan’s Gym in Battersea, London, Frampton gave prolific YouTube channel IFL TV his thoughts on the Eddie Hearn cheque situation, noting that “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.”

Indeed the Belfast man described that this smugness was emanating “from both, from Quigg and Eddie, waving cheques around.”

On his decision to immediately turn down the offer, Frampton is adamant that “I know what this fight’s worth, and it’s worth more than that.”

The 28 year old did admit that “it’s massive money, I don’t want people to think ‘who does Frampton think he is turning £1.5million down’ and then Hearn comes up and says ‘look at what Santa Cruz and Mares got in their last fight, $1.5million each – and £1.5miillion is a lot more.”

“It is, it’s the truth,but I know what I’m worth in this fight and I know what this fight can generate, and it’s a lot more than that.”

Frampton concluded that he has been proven right in this situation, reasoning that “my decision has been justified because they’re coming back to the table and we all know that if the fight does happen, which I hope and think it will, I can get much more than that.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie