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Hearn “delighted” for Frampton, says Quigg rematch “has to happen”

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Matchroom head honcho Eddie Hearn has offered his congratulations to new WBA featherweight Carl Frampton.

‘The Jackal’ shares a frosty relationship with the Englishman, whom he was promoted by between 2011 and 2013. However, in an interview with IFL TV, Hearn claimed that “I am delighted for Carl Frampton.”

“I’m pleased for them [Cyclone], genuinely pleased for them.”

“I think some people think that I have a voodoo doll of Carl Frampton and a needle.”

Indeed it wasn’t just light praise from Hearn, who heaped on the acclaim and described Frampton as a ‘great.’

He explained how “it’s very difficult to say that someone’s a great before they’ve retired, but I think that performance and that achievement from Frampton probably puts him on that level.”

Hearn also revealed that he will push for a Frampton-Quigg rematch at 126lbs, outlining how “we look now, and I wont go into too much detail, but the Quigg rematch in our opinion has to happen.”

“We’ll push for that fight, at featherweight.”

Frampton outpointed Quigg in a super bantamweight unification in Manchester back in February, fracturing the Bury boxer’s jaw in the process.

Additionally there is Welshman Lee Selby, whom has promotional links to both Hearn and Al Haymon, and the Matchroom boss noted that “of course you’ve got the Selby fight eventually.”

“If I was Selby I’d be knocking on Al Haymon’s door saying ‘I haven’t had a fight in sixteen months make the Frampton unification.'”

However Hearn feels that a rematch of the fight of the year contender with Leo Santa Cruz is the most likely next move, saying that “I know they said there wasn’t a Santa Cruz rematch [clause], but I’m pretty sure that there will be a Santa Cruz rematch.”

Watch Eddie Hearn’s interview with IFL TV in full below:

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

Joe O'Neill

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