Eddie Hearn’s latest attempt to lure Carl Frampton into a £1.5 million mega fight to defend his IBF world super-bantamweight title against Scott Quigg in Manchester on July 18, has been rejected.
Quigg, who holds the WBA version of the title and fights for Hearn’s Matchroom on Sky, has been desperate to get Frampton to agree to a highly-anticipated bout after a long layoff through injury.
However, negotiations with the Irishman’s manager and promoter, Barry McGuigan, have been arguably as tumultuous as Quigg’s recovery.
Former WBA world featherweight champion McGuigan wants the fight to take place on ITV, where Frampton returned to big-time boxing defending his title in style, with a fifth-round stoppage of the willing but outclassed American Chris Avalos. Hearn is insistent on delivering another pay-per-view night for Sky though, where he feels the domestic dust-up would deliver a career-best pay day for both men.
Another issue to contend with is the disagreement between representatives of both fighters. Hearn wants to promote the fight alone with Frampton’s promoters, Cyclone Promotions, determined to make it a joint venture.
Recent discussions between Hearn and McGuigan left the matter unresolved with Frampton’s camp insisting that the fight will only take place as a co-promotion.
“My team and I have been in negotiations with Matchroom Sport to co-promote this fight,” Frampton told the Guardian.
“It has been made very clear to Matchroom Sport throughout the entire negotiation period that this huge domestic fight can only take place as a co-promotion. It is therefore frustrating that Matchroom have deviated from negotiations with this offer.”