Talk will soon begin to establish the most exciting fight to be made in British boxing next year.
Inevitably, the names Haye and Fury come to mind for most casual boxing fans, while the more knowledgeable would love to see middleweight trio Matthew Macklin, Martin Murray and IBF king Darren Barker face off against one another.
However, one particular rivalry could produce the best domestic fight of recent times.
There is certainly no love lost between Scott Quiqq and Carl Frampton. They repeatedly call one another out and have expressed in no uncertain terms they would knock each other out.
Forget the Haye–Chisora debacle where a short scuffle at a press conference leads to a multi-million pound fight, no brash Fury-style remarks in the media just to coax fans and media to buy into the fight. This rivalry runs deep in the veins.
Both fighters think they need each other and both certainly have a case. Quigg is the WBA champion having first been upgraded from interim belt following Guillermo Rigondeaux’s installation to ‘Super’ WBA title holder.
Such is the Mancunian’s attitude he believed he had no right to be the top man until a successful defence had taken place, achieved after a majority draw against tough Cuban fighter Yoandris Salinas.
While Frampton doesn’t hold a ‘world’ belt, he is ranked in the top 15 by all four governing bodies and ruthlessly dismantled Kiko Martinez back in February, who shocked the division by winning the IBF crown against much fancied Jhonathan Romero. A win against Jeremy Parodi for ‘The Jackal’ this weekend could set up a rematch with Martinez, although Frampton seems set on a shot at Quigg’s WBA title.
The truth is although they by no means need each other to advance their respective fledgling careers, they want each other.
No matter where the bout would take place, the atmosphere promises to be nothing shy of electric. Frampton’s draw in Irish boxing is rising all the time; Cyclone Promotions released extra tickets for the Parodi fight, making it the largest in Odyssey Arena history, an achievement which would no doubt be surpassed should the domestic tear up be commissioned.
The Phones4u Arena, Quigg’s home venue in Manchester, is renowned as a premier fight venue in the UK.
What more to add fuel to the fire than a bitter promotional war. Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport and Frank Warren are forever fighting for the central ground in British boxing. Indeed in the super-bantamweight category Warren thought he had become king – Frampton’s migration from Matchroom to Warren stemmed the flow of talented fighters going the other way, namely George Groves and WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns.
Hearn responded in the best possible way and secured the signature of arch-rival Quigg from Hatton Promotions.
Granted both will secure a huge pay day, but there is an unwavering feeling that money is just a side effect. This potential match-up is about two warriors putting pride, careers and unbeaten records at stake in a colossal grudge match and exactly why Britain’s most casual of boxing followers will sit up and take note.
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