Tough-talking Barry McGuigan puts the record straight on Scott Quigg
Former World champion Barry McGuigan has made it clear that Scott Quigg and his camp will have to be realistic about the Bury man's market value if a fight with Carl Frampton is ever to take place, writes David Kelly
Following Frampton's first successful IBF world super-bantamweight title defence against Chris Avalos, McGuigan had said he was very keen to see the Jackal face Quigg but negotiations broke down. Consequently, Frampton faces Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez on July 18 in El Paso, Texas, while on the same night at the Manchester Arena Quigg meets Kiko Martinez, the man from whom Frampton took the IBF word title 10 months ago.
Team Frampton have already touched down in El Paso and, on a conference call from the States, McGuigan clarified just why a deal could not be struck for the Belfast man to face Quigg this summer.
"I respect Quigg, he's a decent fighter but he has the regular title - the real WBA champion is Guillermo Rigondeaux. We don't want the regular title so it would be a voluntary defence of the title for Carl if the fight ever gets turned round," said McGuigan.
"We were prepared to go to a 60-40 per cent in Carl's favour but they wouldn't play ball. Quigg doesn't merit 50 per cent of the purse. Carl has taken risks, he has banged out arenas and has been a headline act - all the things that Scott Quigg hasn't done."
Champion Frampton concurred with his manager's view that Quigg needs to lower his demands if he is serious about securing a battle with the IBF king.
He said: "My mother always told me never to sell myself short, so I'll never do that. Quigg is just overvaluing himself."
Frampton is making his American debut live on the terrestrial channel CBS Stateside, while ITV will screen the clash with Gonzalez live as well, at around 10pm.
"I'm really looking forward to the fight, it's given me a chance to showcase my talent in the States and the UK," said Frampton.
"The exposure means a lot to me. I'm pretty well known in the UK and Ireland but in the States, unless you're a diehard boxing fan, you wouldn't know who Carl Frampton is, but that can now change.
"And it's not just good for me but boxing as a sport because it's a sport for the working class and the working class are not getting to see it because it's hidden away in satellite channels.
"So it's big for me and Cyclone Promotions as a whole.
"We have signed with Al Haymon who is the main man in American boxing.
"We discussed it as a team and it was a pretty easy decision. He's brought boxing back to terrestrial TV in America."