Eddie Hearn is determined to strike while the iron is hot and ensure Carl Frampton versus Scott Quigg doesn’t turn into a Mayweather versus Pacquiao style saga.
The Matchroom boss has contacted Cyclone Promotions, who are currently in talks with Golden Boy re making a World title fight between Frampton and WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz, and hopes to being talks re the massive bantamweight clash next week.
Team Frampton have always expressed a willingness, indeed a desire to fight the Bury native. Frampton has recently said he will travel to Manchester, confident his massive army of fans will travel and out number the home fighters support, and trade leather with a fighter he has been linked with since his Celtic title fight against Gavin Reid.
And speaking his Daily Mail column the Matchroom boss, who previously said Frampton would stop Quigg, said he is keen to make the fight ‘the public want’.
“I have spoken to the McGuigans and we are hoping to meet next week to start discussions for an enormous fight between Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg.
“I’ve talked about how I think the lack of interest in Mayweather’s forthcoming fight with Maidana proves that people have got bored and frustrated of waiting for that Pacquiao meeting, and we will not make that mistake with Frampton and Quigg, the WBA super-bantamweight world champion who I promote. Frampton’s camp have been calling me out on Twitter, saying talk is cheap.”
Hearn has made offers, but Cyclone Promotions boss Barry McGuigan has been open about what has been put on the table and the terms were not agreeable.
McGuigan, his son and Frampton’s trainer Shane McGuigan and Frampton himself are more than confident of a ‘Jackal’ win.
However, the Belfast hero’s team are adamant terms have to be right for the fight to be made. They don’t want to tie the WBC ranked number 1 contender down and want an option free contract. They are not keen on a rematch clause either, presumably in hope of securing a shot at Cruz and a crack at the American market if they beat Quigg.
Hearn says he will wave any options on the two time Irish Fighter of the Year and massive Irish draw, but admits he will insist on a rematch clause.
“I have made substantial offers in the past. And I am not asking for any future options on Frampton – I said that in my last column. Let’s just make the world title fight that everyone wants to see.
“I will have a rematch clause in place but that is no penalty. If Frampton can beat Quigg like he thinks he can, then let’s have a rematch in Belfast and it will be another huge payday for everyone. I don’t see the downs
“Every time both guys fight, they look impressive. Whenever Frampton fights, everyone says, ‘Wow, he would beat Quigg’. When Quigg fights, everyone says, ‘Wow, he would beat Frampton’.
“These are two warriors at the top of their game. Let’s not have any of this rubbish we have seen with Mayweather and Pacquiao. Let’s get this fight on.
“We are talking to Golden Boy about Leo Santa Cruz and we are also talking to Kiko Martinez’s people. Those are two unification fights. But we want Frampton. And the public want it, too.”