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Quigg: Frampton and I are lucky to have each other it needs to happen

WBA interim champion  Scott Quigg claims both he and Carl Frampton are lucky to have each other and is adamant a fight between the pair has to be made.

Frampton and Quigg have been linked for years, but despite offers and counter offers the clash has never materalized and the Bury fighter has warned his rival not to blow the chance of being part of a classic ring rivalry.

It is certainly one fight fans want to see, especially now that Frampton has secured the IBF super bantamweight World title, and its a fight more pay per view worthy than Bellew versus Cleverly II, despite most favouring a Frampton win.

WBA Interim Champion Quigg claims he doesn’t ‘need’ the Belfast, but believes the fight should be made whilst the rivalry exists.

“Carl Frampton is not someone I need, but we are both lucky we are around at the same time and we have a rivalry. Joe Calzaghe missed The Eubank, Benn and Michael Watson rivalry,” Quigg told the MEN News.

“He fought Eubank at the end of his career, but if he was around in that mix just think of the fights he could have been involved in. The fight’s not big because of me, it’s not big because of him. It’s big because of both of us.

“We’ve got that rivalry and it needs to happen. If the fight doesn’t happen I’m not going to sit and wait. I don’t need Carl Frampton. It’s one of those – do I want to fight him?!”

” I believe I’ll beat him and it’s a fight everyone wants to see and it’s a fight I want.”

Quigg won’t be next for Frampton, as the Cyclone Promotions puncher looks set to defend the strap, he took off Kiko Martinez in front of 16,000 fight fans in September, against mandatory challenger Chris Avalos in February.

Matchroom fighter, Quigg hopes Frampton gets through his first defence and then they can make a fight for the Summer of 2015.

“Hopefully he comes through that and then the fight can happen,” said Quigg. “I’ve spoken to him. I respect him as a fighter. We have a rivalry because we are both at the top of our game. I’ve not got a bad word to say about him.

“I want to get him in the ring and knock him out. He will want to knock me out. It’s boxing. I know 100 percent I will beat him and he will say the same about me – that’s what makes the fight. It’s a big fight for both of us.

“In boxing things don’t happen as quickly as people would like, but if we both keep winning that fight is going to happen. March is too early if he fights in February. It’s got to happen next year.”


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