Frank Warren switch rumoured for Frampton rival Scott Quigg


The boxing grapevine suggests that Manchester featherweight Scott Quigg is set for a move across the big British boxing divide.

Currently promoted by the Sky Sports-backed Matchroom, Quigg is rumoured to be on his way to Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions on BT Sport.

Warren currently promotes Belfast hero Carl Frampton, IBF mandatory challenger Josh Warrington, and recently struck up a relationship with IBF champion Lee Selby.

Quigg [34(25)-1(0)-2] now seems keen to join the party.

The Bury boxer fought on a Matchroom bill in Monaco at the start of this month, but has since performed punditry duties on BT Sport for cards in Newcastle and, on Saturday just gone, Belfast.

Quigg was ringside to give his views on Carl Frampton’s homecoming bout, and Queensberry debut, against Mexican Horacio Garcia – with the Belfast man eventually winning a competitive points decision.

During the analysis, the 29 year old outlined his desire for a second fight with Frampton, saying that “I’m always going to want that rematch, I hope I get that fight. The only thing I can do is keep working on me, keep winning, and hopefully it happens.”

“The fight that I’ve just had, that was to put me in the mandatory position to fight the winner of Abner Mares and Santa Cruz, that’s the fight that’s next for me. They’re going to be fighting in March, so maybe in June/July.”

“Maybe I’ll have a fight in between, April, I’m available,” he added in reference to Frampton’s proposed next fight.

When asked by presenter Paul Dempsey if this was a BT Sport job application, Quigg did not look to dismiss the rumours and said that “I’m just putting my name forward.”

In his post-fight diary, Warren teased how “Scott Quigg was also in the arena on Saturday keeping an eye on things and it was nice to see him there. I don’t know what his contractual situation is at the moment but, if he wants to join in, we would happily do business with him.”

When asked about a potential World Boxing Super Series for featherweights, Warren noted his increasing hold over the division and joked how “they’ll have to come to us, they’re all with us sure. We’re a one-stop shop.”

Quigg and Frampton, of course, fought in a massive super bantamweight pay-per-view clash at the Manchester Arena, with ‘The Jackal’ claiming a points win before moving up in weight and trading wins and the WBA title with Leo Santa Cruz.

Since this defeat, the English boxer has followed Frampton up to featherweight and won three on the bounce, targeting the WBA route.

Following the Frampton loss Quigg relocated to California, swapping trainer from Joe Gallagher to Freddie Roach.

Warren intends to pit Selby and Warrington together in April or May of next year with the winner defending their belt against Frampton during Summer – however the acquisition of Quigg could add a new dimension to the equation.

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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