Frampton-Quigg agree to terms, but fight not done yet
By Scott Gilfoid: Despite the bogus news from some other sites that the mega-UK clash being done between IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton and WBA “regular” 122lb champ Scott Quigg, the fight contract still isn’t ready to be signed.
The two fighters have agreed to the contract terms but there are still some issues that their management are currently working on that need to be resolved. The contract should be ready to be signed within 24 hours, according to boxingnews24’s sources.
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This is a big deal for the UK, but it’s not a huge fight outside of the UK. I mean, doubt that the Frampton-Quigg fight would even register a blip on the radar screen in the United States. It would be a decent Premier Boxing Champions type fight, but I’m not sure that it would bring in better ratings even then this Saturday’s fight on PBC between Jermell Charlo and Joachim Alcine. It’s not that the Quigg vs. Frampton fight isn’t a good little fight involving smaller fighters. It’s just that neither guy is well-known in the U.S.
The winner of the Frampton-Quigg fight will hold two of the titles at 122lb and will be seen as the main guy in the division due to that. However, the real champion right now at 122 is Guillermo Rigondeaux, who was recently stripped of his WBO title by the World Boxing Organization due to him failing to defend his title in close to a year.
It would be nice if the winner of the Frampton vs. Quigg fight were to face Rigondeaux so that boxing fans could find out who the best fighter is in the division, but I don’t see that happening. I mean, Rigondeaux would take the fight in a heart because, but I just don’t see Quigg or Frampton ever agreeing to fight the Cuban while he still has anything left in the tank. I think they’ll fight him when he starts looking like a shot fighter.
At 35, Rigondeaux might not be able to stay on top for too much longer, so I guess we’ll be seeing Quigg or Frampton looking to fight him in five years or so depending when he starts look like he’s over-the-hill. I’d be happy just to see Frampton or Quigg fight Nonito Donaire, but I can’t see that happening either. Donaire is still too good, and I don’t think Frampton or Quigg want any of him yet. Like with Rigondeaux, I think they’ll fight Donaire when he starts looking like he’s shot in three to five years.
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