Hearn wants Frampton target Leo Santa Cruz for Scott Quigg next

EDDIE Hearn claims he is in talks with Golden Boy re making a Leo Santa Cruz and Scott Quigg unification bout.

The Matchroom boss, who promoted a number of Carl Frampton’s fights in the past, instantly  targeted a fight with the Mexican ‘The Jackal’ has lined up in his sights after Quigg retained his WBA title on Saturday night.

Hearn, who had previously said Frampton would stop Quigg, claims the Bury super bantamweight in on a unification mission and would like former Frampton foe Kiko Martinez or Frampton target Cruz next.

It is never ideal to hear news of a rival promoter trying to secure a bout with your chief target, but Frampton remains in Cruz pole.

The Golden Boy puncher has stated his desire to fight the former European champion and even stated it is ‘the only fight out there’. Barry McGuigan has already opened talks with Team Cruz and with Frampton’s ticket selling prowess should be able to offer the champion more than team Quigg. American TV have also taken a liking to the Belfast star and his style ensuring the Irish Boxing Writers Fighter of the Year is in a strong position.

Frampton had also targeted a bout with IBF champion, Martinez, but the Spaniard, who the Belfast star stopped to claim the European title turned down big money to come to Belfast.

 “The plan is to unify the division,” Hearn said to Sky after the fight. “I spoke  to Golden Boy. We want Leo Santa Cruz or Kiko Martinez. Of course, the Frampton  fight is the one that anyone wants, but they’re not forth coming. It takes two  to tango, but for now the plan is Leo Santa Cruz, and Kiko Martinez if he  overcomes Hozumi [Hasegawa]. Scott Quigg is razor sharp, and I believe he will  unify the division. Well, it’s a unification fight [for Santa Cruz]. He’s not  due a mandatory. Carl is the mandatory, but it’s nothing against him. We have  plans to unify the division, and the Santa Cruz fight is a massive fight. Like  I’ve said, we started talks this week [with Santa Cruz’s promoters at Golden
Boy]. We’ll continue those talks next week, and the plan is to unify the division. We can have some massive fights in Manchester with Scott  Quigg.”

The 25-year-old Bury fighter also expressed his desire to fight either Leo Santa Cruz and Kiko Martinez and even re-name dropped Frampton in his post fight press conference.

“I’ve got to keep my feet on the ground, keep dedicated, keep focused and hopefully I can keep getting the wins and unify the division.”

“.We want unification fights, Leo Santa Cruz, Kiko Martinez, and obviously there is the Carl Frampton fight. They are the fights I want to be in and that’s what I’m looking towards in the future.

“It’s all coming together now. I’ve got to keep my feet on the ground, keep dedicated, keep focused and hopefully I can keep getting the wins and unify the division.”

Frampton has continually expressed a desire fight Quigg and there is a genuine belief amongst his team that he would stop the Bury super bantamweight, but with both fighting on rival TV companies the mouth watering clash has proven hard to make.


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