Scott Quigg fears fight with Carl Frampton will never happen as he faces Kiko Martinez and eyes Nonito Donaire
Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton are going their separate ways this summer and the Bury man admits he wonders if they will ever meet in the ring.
Quigg says he is determined to prove himself “the best super-bantamweight in the world”, starting with victory over former World champion Kiko Martinez on July 18 at the Manchester Arena — knowing it puts the biggest pay-day of his career at risk.
“I was very disappointed that the fight with Frampton didn’t get made because it’s a massive fight, it’s a fight demanded by the public so it was very frustrating. I think, along with Kell Brook-Amir Khan, it’s the biggest all-British fight out there,” said Quigg, speaking exclusively to Sunday Life.
“I know every time I get into the ring now it’s a big gamble and it’s the same for Frampton, because a fight between the two of us is the biggest pay-day for both of us.
“If the fight happens it will have to be pay-per-view on Sky Box Office so both us get the biggest purse possible. Only pay-per-view can do that. I thought a 60-40 split to the winner was a fair deal.
“I want the fight and I believe Carl wants the fight. Because it is so big you can never say never but I do now think it’s going to be even harder to make because of the politics. As long as Carl and I keep winning the fight is still alive but it’s a short window. But I’m not relying on him to fulfill my career, I just have to move on.
“I’m putting everything on the line against Kiko. I could have taken an easier voluntary defence but I don’t want that, I want to fight the best fighters in the world.
“Rigondeaux seems to have some contractual issues at the moment, we offered the fight to Leo Santa Cruz and he didn’t want it, we also offered the fight to Nonito Donaire but he is boxing on the same night and it looks like he will be fighting for the vacant WBC title because Santa Cruz is moving up to featherweight. I actually think that’s a mistake from Santa Cruz because he relies on wearing down an opponent more than power and guys like Abner Mares, Nicholas Walters, they hit very hard.
“So after Donaire we then looked at Kiko and credit to him, he agreed — and he has shown that he’s a true warrior. He went to Belfast twice to fight Frampton and both times he was the champion. He’s a very tough fighter and I believe he will bring out the best in me. These are the fights I want and all being well if I get through this then we will look at making the Donaire fight.”
As for his clash with Martinez, unbeaten Quigg, holder of the WBA regular super-bantamweight champion, expects the Spaniard — from whom Frampton won the IBF crown — to be his toughest test so far.
Quigg added: “Kiko can hit, he’s a big hitter but I’m not thinking that he’s going to be testing my chin because I have a plan to win the fight. The ticket demand has gone up because it’s Kiko, people know and respect him and it will raise my profile and Donaire would be another exciting fight.
“I believe that I can produce a performance against Kiko that will prove what I believe, that I am the best super-bantamweight in the world.
“I feel that I am improving with every fight, every time I go to the gym I improve. Each night I go to sleep I believe I have got better as a fighter and now I am reaching my peak.”