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Massive Frampton versus Quigg battle is unlikely to happen says McGuigan

Barry McGuigan believes that we are as far away as ever from the Carl Frampton-Scott Quigg superfight that we all crave

Writing in his weekly column for the Daily Mirror, ran the rule over Quigg’s knockout victory over Kiko Martínez, Frampton’s American debut, and why he feels the bout is unlikely to happen.

The Clones Cyclone offered his “congratulations to Quigg on his victory over Kiko Martinez. He got him out of there early, after a difficult opening round, and looked good doing so.”

However, McGuigan argued that “Martinez is not the fighter Frampton met for the first time in the early part of 2013. In the second meeting last year, he broke his heart and sapped his confidence. Quigg got him at the perfect time, but again, well done to him for putting him away conclusively.”

On a tough U.S. debut for ‘The Jackal,’ McGuigan believes that “Frampton is a better fighter for his experience. We warned against complacency but that message got lost a little on the night in his desire to put on a show.”

“We take the positives, and there were plenty of those. The goal was to put on a show, and believe me he made an impression in an exciting fight.”

McGuigan also noted the benefits of a tough fight and new experience for both Frampton and Cyclone Promotions, continuing that “he also learned valuable lessons, and so did we as a team navigating a foreign assignment for the first time.”

“There were some things to do with the process that we would not want to repeat — little things that proved distracting in a way we could not have foreseen, but will next time.”

Disappointingly though, on the chances of a massive clash between the pair, McGuigan admits that “unfortunately, I would say they are remote at the moment.”

“I hear the clamour and have read the tweets, and it is great that there is huge interest in a fight.”

McGuigan however, is not willing to accept Eddie Hearn and Matchroom’s three proposed purse terms (60/40 split to the winner, 50/50 split, or a flat £1.5million for Frampton).

The former featherweight world champion explains that “having made a more than reasonable offer last time, stepping out of our new deal with ITV to accommodate Quigg, coming to England on his home patch etc, we could not, however, compromise on a 60/40 purse split.”

“That is in accordance with every boxing convention, since Frampton is the IBF champion, and Quigg is not the WBA equivalent. That would be Guillermo Rigondeaux.”

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