Hearn to sweeten offer for Frampton to face Quigg
By Scott Gilfoid: Eddie Hearn, the promoter for WBA World super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg, will reportedly be sweetening an offer to IBF 122lb champion Carl Frampton to get him to possibly agree to a fight against Quigg in the near future. Hearn will be making the offer this weekend in hopes of putting the fight together.
It’s going to have to be an offer that is slanted in favor of Frampton, because he and his manager Barry McGuigan see themselves as the A-side in the negotiations, and they don’t intend on taking the fight unless the purse split is in their favor.
Frampton and Quigg will both need to win their fights tonight before anything can really be discussed in terms of a fight between them. Frampton has a mismatched against bottom dweller Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. today on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN in El Paso, Texas; while Quigg faces the recently twice beaten Kiko Martinez tonight in Manchester, UK.
Hearn reportedly offered Frampton of £1.5m in the past, which wasn’t a good enough offer to get him and McGuigan to agree to the fight. McGuigan said “Scott Quigg doesn’t merit 50 percent of the purse. Carl has won all his title fights. He’s taken risks. He’s buying out arenas. He’s been the headline act; all of the things that Quigg has not done. We said we’d start at 70/30 but the least we would take would be 60/40, and they wouldn’t play ball. It’s as simple as that.”
60-40 might be a good deal for Quigg, but obviously 70-30 would be a hard thing for him to accept, especially with the chances being high that Quigg will lose the fight. It might be better off for Quigg to go in another direction if he can’t get at least a 60-40 deal.
There’s a possibility that Quigg can face former four division world champion Nonito Donaire next. Donaire defeated Anthony Settoul tonight by a 2nd round knockout in Macau, China. Donaire is very interested in facing Quigg. If Quigg and Hearn can get Donaire to come over to the UK to make the fight happen, it would be a very good fight. It might not make the money that a Quigg-Frampton fight would make, but it would still be a good paying fight for Quigg.
“They [Frampton’s camp] say that Quigg brings no value to the table yet all they have done in the week leading up to Frampton’s American debut is talk about Scott Quigg!” Hearn said to skysports.com. “All being well on Saturday, we will go back to them and try and make the fight with an improved offer. I won’t hold my breath though. For us, I think Donaire is the more likely fight. We are already in positive discussions with Bob Arum over that and it can be made very quickly for November.”
Unless Hearn is ready to have Quigg take the small money in a major way in order to get the Frampton fight, it would be better for Quigg to move on and forget about Frampton permanently. Hearn should just wait until McGuigan approaches them in the future. If he doesn’t, then Hearn should keep Quigg in his own lane like he’s been doing. It’s not as if Quigg and Frampton are the best fighters in the 122lb division. The real champion in the eyes of a lot of boxing fans is WBA/WBO 122lb champ Guillermo Rigondeaux. Since Frampton and Quigg are merely just making payday fights against the other contenders, they might as well continue in that direction by following their own paths.
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