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Carl Frampton shocked as Eddie Hearn makes surprise offer ahead of Scott Quigg fight

By Ali Gordon

Cyclone Promotions, who represent IBF World Champion Carl Frampton, and Matchroom Sport, who represent Scott Quigg, are undergoing talks to deliver a co-promotion of the eagerly awaited contest between the two champion boxers this summer.

This afternoon, Matchroom Sport's Eddie Hearn claimed an offer of £1.5m had been for the fight to be held at the Manchester M.E.N. Arena on July 18.

But, in a statement issued by Cyclone Promotions, Frampton's team suggested that Hearn and the Matchroom Sport team had been uncooperative in negotiations despite Cyclone Promotions making "several attempts to organise a follow-up meeting with Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport to progress these negotiations."

The statement then continues by saying: "Cyclone Promotions and Carl Frampton are therefore surprised by this afternoons public offer from Matchroom Sport to Carl Frampton.

"Matchroom Sport understands Carl Frampton is under contract with Cyclone Promotions. If Matchroom Sport are interested in joining Cyclone Promotions in staging this domestic superfight, we recommend Matchroom accept the invitation for a follow-up meeting.

"If Matchroom Sport does not want to meet, Carl Frampton will make an optional defence of his IBF World Title this summer."

Tigers Bay hero Frampton added: "My team and I have been in negotiations with Matchroom Sport to co-promote this fight. 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."

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