Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg bicker over dressing room
By Scott Gilfoid: Like a couple of mother hens fighting over a spec of crumbs outside the henhouse, IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs) and WBA champion Scott Quigg (31-0-2, 23 KOs) fouled up their press conference on Thursday arguing over who gets the largest dressing for the fight.
It was pretty silly stuff if you ask me. Frampton, 28, naturally assumed that he should be the one to get the dressing room because he’s the A-side in the promotion for their fight this Saturday night on February 27 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, UK. But for some reason Quigg wants the dressing room, and he doesn’t seem to realize that he’s the B-side.
It’s pretty incredible that one of his team members didn’t sit him down and explain to him that he’s the B-side in the promotions because it’s pretty obvious to anyone that Frampton is the guy.
Quigg thinks that because he’s from the area and that Frampton visiting fighter from Ireland, it should mean that he should be the one to get the dressing room. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works at the world level. Frampton tried to calmly tell Quigg this but he wasn’t listening to reason. Fortunately for Frampton, the contract shows that he’s the second that comes out for the fight, which means obviously that he’s the A-side in the fight.
“Scott wants the dressing room that the star of the show usually goes in but contractually I’m on the ‘A’ side here. It is Frampton – Quigg,” said Frampton via skysports.com. “I come to the ring second. I’m entitled to that dressing room. He wants it. We’ve come up with the idea of ‘why not lock the dressing room and go into different dressing rooms? He’s superstitious, wants that dressing room and it’s a sign of weakness. Superstition is a weakness. I don’t care what dressing room I’m in.”
It does sound ridiculous. I hope for Quigg’s sake that he’s not going to start sulking over the dressing room thing, because I’d hate to see him all messed up mentally when he goes into the fight. Sometimes people get thrown off when you break their routine. I imagine that Quigg has become accustomed to having the larger dressing room for his fights, probably from day one, because he’s been the A-side for so long against the guys that his promoter Eddie Hearn has been digging up for him. But in this case, he’s fighting a very popular fighter that draws huge crowds in Northern Ireland.
“Ok then that’s solved! I’m the home fighter and I’m in the home dressing room,” Quigg said.
Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan had to be the one to inform Quigg that he’s “not the star fighter,” according to skysports.com.
During the faceoff between the two fighters, they briefly got into it when Frampton kindly gave Quigg a pat on the shoulder in what appeared to be a friendship offering. The next thing you know it, Quigg looked like he wanted to tear Frampton’s head off. It was very strange and very alien to me to see this odd behavior from Quigg. Fortunately for Quigg, Frampton didn’t belt him one to settle him down. I thought for a second that Frampton was going to haul off an drop Quigg right there to shut his yap.
Quigg needs to settle down, understand his place in the promotion, and just focus on trying to win the fight. He’s too worked up about stuff that he shouldn’t have cared about. I mean, come on. It was obvious to all that Frampton was the A-side in the promotion. How in the heck did it take the 27-year-old Quigg this long to figure out that he’s the B-side? His promoter Eddie Hearn should have told him right off the bat that Frampton is the main attraction here. If he had done that, then there wouldn’t have been an issue with the dressing room stuff today.
If Quigg is superstitious like Frampton seems to think, this could mess him up. I hope it’s not one of those cases with Quigg being thrown off mentally because something was out of the normal routine order that he usually has for his fights.
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