By Scott Gilfoid: Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn is counting on being able to setup a big UK mega-fight this summer between the unbeaten IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (20-0, 14 KOs) and WBA champion Scott Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KOs).
The two fighters are still unbeaten, but then again neither of them has faced the cream of the 122 pound division in WBC/WBO champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and WBC champ Leo Santa Cruz. Rigondeaux has been interested in facing Quigg and Frampton for a long time, but he’s had no luck in getting either of them to accept a fight with him. Does that make Quigg and Frampton paper champions?
That’s up to the average boxing fans to decide, but it’s going to be hard for some fans to take them seriously until they do step it up and face Rigondeaux in the near future.
Quigg and Frampton obviously won’t get the credit they would now if they wait the 34-year-old Rigondeaux out and face him in four to six years when Rigondeaux is pushing 40-years-old. Obviously that would be a move that would make them look like the waited until Rigondeaux got old before they decided to face him.
As for the Frampton-Quigg fight, it could be difficult to put the fight together if they can’t come together on the venue for the fight. Hearn feels that the venue won’t be a problem that will block the fight from taking place, but that remains to be seen.
Hearn is currently in negotiations to put the Quigg-Frampton fight together. Hearn is going to need to make sure that he can put the fight together at this time, because if he waits much longer, the World Boxing Association is going to order Quigg to face Rigondeaux. What that means is that Quigg will likely get beaten by Rigondeaux, possibly by a stoppage or one-sided decision.
The trouble with Quigg losing to Rigondeaux is that it’ll likely cause boxing fans to lose interest in the Frampton vs. Quigg fight. Yeah, there will still be some fans that will be interested in seeing the Frampton vs. Quigg fight after that, but my guess is there will be far less interest in the fight after that.
“I don’t care where the fight takes place. You can have it in Belfast, Manchester or London. The best place to have it, is where is makes the most money,” Hearn said via Irish-boxing.com. “I don’t get the money. I work for the fighter and of course if the fighter does well then I do. But my job as a manager is to maximize the earnings of Scott Quigg. Let them have a chance to set themselves and their families up for life.”
Like I said, it’s very important that Hearn make the Frampton vs. Quigg fight right now while they’re both world title holders, because Rigondeaux’s manager Gary Hyde has already petitioned the WBA to order the Rigondeaux-Quigg fight. It looks like the WBA won’t do it this time, but they’re going to have to do it in the near future.
They can’t let Quigg get away with not fighting Rigondeaux indefinitely. It’s already been two years since Quigg captured the WBA regular super bantamweight title.
The WBA is going to need to order that fight soon. Once that happens, Hearn is going to need to make a big decision about whether to let Quigg take the fight with Rigondeaux, and likely get totally dominated, or have Quigg vacate his WBA title and save his hide from a potentially embarrassing loss to Rigondeaux.