Quigg Frampton
Will Quigg Frampton Ever Happen?
 
  
Saturday night saw the ring returns of both Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton.  Different rings.....different promoters.....different time zones.  There has long been a clamour for the two super bantamweights to get in the ring together but it just hasn't happened.
 
Previously we have seen Quigg and his promoter Eddie Hearn offer publicly a host of offer to Frampton, including 50/50, 60/40 in favour of the winner and of course a flat £1.5 million cheque to Frampton and his team.  For their part, Frampton and his team at Cyclone Promotions (including legendary Irish boxer Barry Mcguigan) have said that they deem Frampton's belt to be of higher significance than that of Quigg's and therefore should be treated as the 'A' side of the fight and be given a larger portion of the revenue.
 
Ahhhh, that age old issue of belts.  Of course if you want to read more about that check out our article here.  The issue that is being referred to is that Carl Frampton holds the IBF version of the title and Quigg holds the WBA 'Regular' version.  Guillermo Rigondeaux holds the full WBA 'Super' version of the belt.  Frampton's team are stating that the shiny trinket they are in possession of holds more monetary worth than that of Quigg's and should therefore be reflected as such in any revenue split.
 
Eddie Hearn has come out and said in the past that if his offer isn't good enough then he is open to offers in return, but Cyclone Promotions haven't been forthcoming.  It appears from the outside looking in that Hearn & Mcguigan have a clash of personalities (egos?) that hinder any negotiations.  
 
On Saturday night Quigg dismantled in two rounds former Frampton opponent Kiko Martinez.  Whether Martinez was showing the effects of a career of hard knocks or whether Quigg was just THAT good is debatable, but the evidence was there that Quigg is in the same league as Frampton.  Frampton was busy over in El Paso, Texas, against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr.  The 22 year old Mexican wasn't deemed a tough opponent but twice dropped Frampton in round one and took the fight the full distance, losing on points.  
 
The fact that Frampton was knocked slightly from his pedestal while at the same time Quigg was raising his own has only increased the clamour for the two Brit's to fight.  So what is stopping it?
 
Aside from the money issues mentioned above, you now have the issue of the Northern Irishman Frampton signing with American super Advisor Al Haymon.  Saturday's fight took part on one of his Premier Boxing Champions cards in the US.  The fact that he has already got Frampton fighting out in the US and presumably (in line with his other fighters) is paying him well to do so may produce a further stumbling block to negotiations.  Previously Mcguigan and Hearn have disagreed over whether a fight would take place on Sky PPV or on ITV - now there is the added complication of a possibility of it strangely taking place in America and then the broadcast rights being sorted separately over here. 
As if all of this wasn't enough, on Monday news came out that may not just throw a spanner in the works, but may well shut down the factory.  Carl Frampton has come out and said that he struggled to make the weight limit of 122 lb for the fight Saturday night and may consider a move up to featherweight.  Is he running from Quigg?  Probably not, you suspect that political issues aside these two would love to go in and have a tear up with each other.  But it does seem odd timing to declare this from Frampton:
 
"I don't want to seem like I'm making excuses. Alejandro is a very good fighter. I'm not going to get into numbers, but I had to take a lot of weight off on the day of the weigh-in. Too much [weight], more than ever...so we have to reevaluate whether I stay at super bantamweight or move up to featherweight"
 
Ouch, that really does seem a nail to the coffin of this fight.  Would Quigg consider making the move to follow?  It's unlikely at the moment.  He still has Leo Santa Cruz and Rigondeaux to take on at super bantamweight, and Hearn has come out and said they are looking at other routes including former title holder Nonito Donaire.  So it seems as if his short term future lays in his current division.  
 
There would be some big fights for Frampton if the time has come to move up in weight.  Looking at the current champions at featherweight there are some mouth watering prospective fights for him - the current champions list includes Gary Russell Jr, Vasyl Lomachenko, Nicholas Walter and Britain's own Lee Selby.  Of course Selby is also under Hearn so that would seem an unlikely fight to happen given the history.
 
But of the other names there are some really interesting fights to be made.  Former amateur king Lomachenko has quickly taken to the pro game, having picked up a world title in only his third fight.  Russell Jr has a record of 26 wins with a single loss to Lomachenko on his record, and Walters has 26 wins, no losses and 21 KO victories.  Any of those would be huge fights for Frampton to step up to.
 
It would be a shame as fans to see Frampton walking away from the division and possibly from his support in Britain.  Of course like all fighters he will focus on where the money and the potential fights are, and can't be criticised for that.  What everyone has a right to be critical over is if we never get to see the fight the British fans have deserved.