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Quigg’s trainer stirs the pot and says McGuigan is Frampton vs Quigg stumbling block

SCOTT Quigg’s trainer Joe Gallagher stirred the pot yesterday and suggested Barry McGuigan is the stumbling block between a potential Carl Frampton Vs Scott Quigg mega clash.

Frampton has previously said that Gallagher was the reason the fight hadn’t been made, indicating that like most educated in the noble art the Bury fighter’s trainer knew Quigg was no match for the Belfast fighter.

Gallagher,the Manchester based trainer of  Sligo heritage, has turned the tables and stressed a belief that the Irish Boxing legend won’t make the clash.

Indeed Matthew Macklin’s trainer went as far as to say that he can’t see the battle happening while the new IBF super bantamweight champion remains with Cyclone Promotions.

“I think the only way a fight can happen between Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton is if Carl leaves Barry McGuigan.I don’t think it can happen otherwise,” he said in his Manchester Evening News column.

“I know Scott and Carl want the fight. I want the fight and so does Eddie Hearn. So where’s the problem?I always said – let them win a world title and then lets make the fight happen.

“Both men deserved to be rewarded for a fight that I believe could capture the public imagination like Carl Froch versus George Groves or David Haye and Tyson Fury. There has been a lot thrown back and forth between Scott and Carl since they established themselves as Britain’s top two super bantamweights.

“They reckon they’ve offered us the fight and we’ve offered them the fight. Now is the perfect time to make it happen, but Barry is talking about a mandatory defence.

“For Barry to say they won’t fight Scott next is a shame. It’s the fight everyone wants.”

In truth McGuigan has never said he doesn’t want the Quigg fight. He like Frampton has talked about a possible Quigg match since Carl’s eight fight. Team Frampton are more than confident their man would prove too much for Quigg.

Post Matinez, McGuigan said Quigg would be number two on his personal list stressing his personal preference would be to crack America with a bout against global name Leo Santa Cruz. The concern with the Quigg fight surrounds finance. McGuigan would argue not only is Frampton the real world class operator between the pair he is also by far the biggest draw and the only one who holds a legitimate title and Cyclone Promotions want any deal made to reflect that.

And with regards to the mandatory, Frampton is mandated to fight Chris Avalos within 90 or loose his title so the Cyclone Promotions CEO was right to say the American was a possible option. The former World champion did, however state he would talk to the IBF to see if other options could be explored.


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