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Nonito Donaire reveals Frampton and Quigg’s next opponents?

After months of supposed negotiation, a fight between Scott Quigg and Nonito Donaire has been declared dead in the water by the ‘Filipino Flash.’

Donaire [35(23)-3(1)], a former four weight world champion, took to Facebook to explain why the fight has fallen through, reasoning that “I really did try to make the Quigg fight. I agreed to all the terms but when it came down to it, Quigg and his team decided not to sign after months of negotiations.”

This revelation further fuels rumours that Quigg and Matchroom never had any real intentions of committing to a fight with the Filipino, and that these negotiations were’ merely a pressure tactic to force Carl Frampton and Team Cyclone into agreeing terms for their long-anticipated superfight.

However, with Donaire out of the picture, this does not necessarily mean that the path is clear for an immediate Quigg-Frampton battle. Following his initial post the 32 year old, replying to questions from fans who included Balls.ie’s Gavan Casey, claimed that Frampton will be facing his mandatory Shingo Wake next.

More interestingly, the former pound-for-pound star is also adamant that Quigg will face English bantamweight, and Matchroom stablemate Jamie McDonnell in his next fight – with the December 12th London Sky PPV card a likely date, and the November 21st Sky Manchester card also a possibility..

If these claims of a Quigg-McDonnell fight are correct, and when viewed in conjunction with Frampton’s assertion that he will take Christmas off this year – this suggests that the Frampton-Quigg showdown we have long anticipated will not take place till March 2016 at the very earliest.

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