By Jonny Stapleton
British super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg wants a potential clash with Commonwealth champion Carl Frampton simmering until public demand gets so great it becomes a mega fight.
As the hottest prospects in their weight class Quigg and Frampton are on a collision course and will eventually meet to decide who has what it takes to progress past domestic level.
The undefeated duo were rumoured to trade leather at some point next year, but the Ricky Hatton Promoted English man wants to the delay proceedings and wait until more titles are thrown in the pot.
Patience isn’t a virtue Belfast’s Frampton has shown over his career as he admirably craves big tests and fights. However, Quigg believes if they refrain from meeting till the end of 2012 the fight could be as eagerly anticipated as James DeGale and George Groves pay per view domestic dust up and could open the door to world title fights for the winner.
“We want to capture the public’s imagination like the George Groves and James DeGale fight did. We could fight now, but there is nothing on the line. In eight months’ time, we can both pick up another title each and it builds into a mega fight. It makes sense for the fight to be built up. Whoever wins will then go on to fight at world level – I want to be a world champion one day,” 23 year old Quigg told BBC Northern Ireland.
“There is no doubt that me and Carl are going to fight sooner or later. I am not scared of him and I am 100% confident I will beat him, but he will say exactly the same. We could go on our own paths, but it is important to face each other because we both want to prove we are the best.”
Quigg defends his British title on 4 February against Jamie Arthur, while Frampton will put his belt on the line against Kris Hughes in York Hall on 28 January. Both fighters must emerge unscathed if they are to keep their dreams of a mega domestic showdown intact.
“Obviously if either me or Carl slip up, there will be no big fight, so we both have to concentrate on what we are doing.”