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McGuigan: Frampton v Quigg is off
24 Apr 2015 20:08
World champion Carl Frampton will not be fighting Scott Quigg this summer, according to the former's manager and promoter Barry McGuigan.
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It was hoped Belfast fighter Frampton, the IBF super-bantamweight champion, and Bury boxer Quigg, who holds a portion of the WBA title, would meet in July.
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But McGuigan said Quigg's team would not agree on a 60-40 purse split in favour of Frampton and blamed Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn for the way the talks have collapsed.
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"It's sad for the fans because we wanted it to happen," McGuigan told BBC Sport.
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"Carl was willing to travel to England to put his title on the line, and when the champion does that he normally gets the majority of the purse.
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"Carl is a valid champion. Scott Quigg is the WBA's 'regular' champion, not the real champion, which is [Cuba's] Guillermo Rigondeaux.
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"Carl has drawn crowds of 16,000 in Belfast. I don't want to be rude to Scott Quigg, but he's never headlined a show.
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"We wanted a minimum of 60-40, not the winner takes 60-40 [as Hearn is on record as offering] because that's unfair on the fighters."
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Hearn appeared on Sky Sports earlier this month brandishing a £1.5m cheque, which he promised Frampton if he took the unification fight.
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But former featherweight world champion McGuigan said: "It was going along fine and then Eddie Hearn said: 'We're going to make you an offer.'
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"He did it because he's bullish, he's cocky and he thinks he has control of everything, but he hasn't.
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"They weren't willing to play ball. Sorry, but that's just the way it is. We're well on the way to getting another opponent."
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Frampton, 28, is unbeaten in 20 professional fights and stopped the American Chris Avalos to retain his IBF belt in March.
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Unbeaten Quigg, 26, successfully defended his super-bantamweight title for a fifth time in November with a unanimous points win over Hidenori Otake.
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