IRISH boxing legend Barry McGuigan claims Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg will not fight anytime soon after negotiations for a mega Summer fight fell through.
News Kiko Martinez will face Quigg on July 18 was the final nail in the Frampton v Quigg coffin and former World champion and current Frampton mentor McGugian admitted it was ‘sad’ news for the fans.
McGuigan also explained why the bout didn’t happen. Hearn offered Frampton a £1.5 million flat purse of a 60-40 split to the winner, but Cyclone Promotions were adamant as the genuine champion, the draw and the ticket seller Frampton should have been given 60 percent regardless.
Considering team Frampton are confident not only will the IBF champ beat Quigg, but do it by stoppage turning down 60-40 for the winner seems a thing of principle.
“It’s sad for the fans because we wanted it to happen,” said McGuigan to the BBC.
“Carl was willing to travel to England to put his title on the line, and when the champion does that he normally gets the majority of the purse. Carl is a valid champion. Scott Quigg is the WBA’s ‘regular’ champion, not the real champion, which is [Cuba’s] Guillermo Rigondeaux.
“Carl has drawn crowds of 16,000 in Belfast. I don’t want to be rude to Scott Quigg, but he’s never headlined a show.
“We wanted a minimum of 60-40, not the winner takes 60-40 [as Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn is on record as offering], because that’s unfair on the fighters,” he added before discussing the public £i.5 million offer Hearn made on Sky Sports News.
“He did it because he’s bullish, he’s cocky and he thinks he has control of everything, but he hasn’t.
“They weren’t willing to play ball. Sorry, but that’s just the way it is. We’re well on the way to getting another opponent.”