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Carl Frampton talks Scott Quigg and a potential fight with Guillermo Rigondeaux

By Sean Ness: IBF World Super Bantamweight champion Carl Frampton this week had a public workout session which included sparring with former three weight division champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley. There has been some video footage of the sparring which you can check out below with credit going to Be Real TV.

Afterwards Carl, Shane Mosley and Carl’s Manager former WBA featherweight champion Barry McGuigan had a Q&A with various media outlets. The obvious first question was about the potential fight with WBA Regular Super Bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KO’s) who not so long ago was on TV waving a massive cheque with his promoter Eddie Hearn to try and tempt Carl Frampton into taking the fight. Carl and Cyclone Promotions were quick to dismiss the offer. He had this to say on the matter.

“The problem is you get fights by teams, managers and promoters coming together and sitting down, discussing and having a negotiation, that’s how you make fights. You don’t go on TV waving cheques around and trying to embarrass people into fights. The bottom line is they are trying to make a fool out of us but he (Eddie Hearn) is making a fool out of himself. His arrogance is shining through and people are starting to click onto it. If they really wanted to fight, then let’s sit down and negotiate like proper adults, don’t mess around, don’t go on TV with a cheque, trying to embarrass people. What does Scott Quigg do if he doesn’t fight me?” A reporter mentions a potential fight with Nonito Donaire and Carl was quick to dismiss it “they say that but I don’t believe it will happen because he (Donaire) costs too much money and it’s not a pay per view fight. I’m a champion, Quigg is not a champion so in normal situations and as a matter of principle, the champion gets the majority, I’m the one that sells the tickets, I’m the one with the fan base, I’m the one with the title and I’m the one that people know so I should get the majority. I know I’m going to knock him out but principle says the champion gets 60/40 split.”

It has been suggested that the £1.5 million is all that Carl would be entitled to if he accepted Matchroom Sport’s offer. After paying everyone including his team, he wouldn’t be left with a million meanwhile Scott Quigg and Matchroom could gazump his take home pay even if they were on the losing side. Barry McGuigan added to the conversation that terrestrial TV won’t generate as much money but hinted that Team Frampton and Cyclone Promotions also have offers which Matchroom and Sky TV are not aware of. He also echoed Carl’s words about sitting down like men and negotiating the fight that suits everyone and not just Matchroom Sport and Team Quigg.

Carl this week has also mentioned that he knows he is the best in the division however in order to make people realise that fact, he will have to beat Guillermo Rigondeaux(15-0 15 KO’s) who currently holds the WBA Super and WBO Super Bantamweight belts. As any boxing fan knows, should Rigondeaux and Frampton eventually get it on, it will be a tough fight for the Tigers Bay man, Frampton. There will be many who will dismiss Carl’s chances however I wouldn’t be so sure. Frampton has had some dominating wins in the last year with his recent win coming against Chris Avalos who he dominated in every round before eventually KO’ing the Californian native. One thing is for sure, I believe Carl Frampton is genuine when he says he wants to fight the best and I believe he will in the next couple of years however I am not so sure about Scott Quigg.

The fight fans want to see Carl Frampton Vs Scott Quigg especially us Brits. My comment to Eddie Hearn is this:

You know full well that Scott needs the Frampton fight simply because Matchroom also needs it. If Scott Quigg loses to Leo Santa Cruz or Guillermo Rigondeaux before the fight with Carl then his reputation will fall meaning you can’t make as much money out him as you would like to. Sit down with Team Frampton and get the fight made because we, the boxing fans, the ones who pay for your joke Pay Per Views, our Sky TV subscriptions fees demand it.

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