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Scott Quigg is eager for Old Trafford duel with Carl Frampton

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton's big rival Scott Quigg says he is ready to take on the Jackal -- and wants it at Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium in Manchester next summer.

Newly-crowned IBF World super-bantamweight champion Frampton is by far the bigger box office attraction, roared on by 16,000 fans at Titanic Quarter as he toppled Kiko Martinez in emphatic fashion. And, once he gets past his mandatory title challenger American Chris Avalos, the Jackal's options will certainly be plentiful, whereas Quigg needs Frampton (right) much more.

But, Quigg believes that a showdown between the pair would be such a big attraction that a crowd of around 40,000 could witness the two British rivals going toe to toe in a multi-million pound World title fight.

Quigg, who defends his lightly regarded WBA regular super-bantamweight title at the weekend in Manchester against Belgium's Stephane Jamoye, said: "Everyone knows I want the fight with Frampton, I will do the job on Saturday and it's not me that doesn't want it.

"That fight should happen next, or if it can't because of mandatory defences, it should happen next year without a doubt.

"It's the biggest fight in British boxing.

"It doesn't matter where the fight takes place, it should take place where it makes sense to take place.

"It will make more money if it was held at one of the two football stadiums in Manchester than anywhere over there (in Belfast)."

Frampton, though, has made it clear that he holds the "legitimate world title" which puts him in pole position when it comes to any negotiations over the coming months for the mouthwatering fight.

The Jackal would welcome the fight and made it clear straight after his victory over Martinez that Quigg was top of his list.

But Frampton and his manager Barry McGuigan have made it clear they are now in the driving seat when it comes to a deal.

"I am the one who draws 16,000 people and I'm the one with the legitimate world title belt. He has the WBA regular title," said Frampton.

"It's a big fight for Britain and there are people who actually believe he could beat me."

While Quigg is desperate for the battle with Frampton, as it would easily generate the biggest payday of his career, the Bury man also has to make sure that he comes through Saturday night's title defence at the Phones4U Arena.

While Quigg holds a WBA belt, such is the structure of the World Boxing Association they have a Super champion, the gifted Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux -- who is the real title holder.

"I was pleased to see Carl win the title on Saturday and now it makes perfect sense for us to fight," said Quigg, who defends his title against Belgian Jamoye.

"I'll fight him in Belfast, no problem. It's one of the biggest fights in British boxing alongside Amir Khan and Kell Brook -- it's that big, everyone has an opinion. We both think we can win so there's no reason why we shouldn't fight -- and I know that I will come out with both belts."

Belgian Jamoye has come in as a late replacement for Paulus Ambunda.

"Jamoye is a very good fighter," said Quigg. "He's only 24 but he's been around at a good level for a long time. He's boxed for a world title in Japan, he is prepared to travel and travels well, he comes forward and he's got some good names on his CV."

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