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I have plenty of options, insists World champion Carl Frampton

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton feels the chance of a blockbuster summer clash with Scott Quigg will slip away unless promoter Eddie Hearn comes back to the negotiating table very soon.

IBF World super-bantamweight champion Frampton has been offered a £1.5million pay-day by Hearn for a July 18 battle in Manchester after the Matchroom boxing chief suggested negotiations between the camps had hit a brick wall.

This has been countered by Frampton's promotional outfit, Cyclone Promotions, who felt negotiations were progressing well and the World champion says the fight can still be made.

"The fight can be made if Hearn will have a meeting with us. How do you make a fight if the other team won't have a meeting?" said Frampton, who this week did a couple of rounds sparring with former world multi-weight champion Sugar Shane Mosley.

"Our team had one meeting with Hearn and everyone thought it went well and then they came out with the £1.5million offer for Manchester. Negotiations had not hit a brick wall.

"I'm the champion and they want me to go to Manchester and they promote the show.

"I hope the fight can be made but it can't be made if people won't talk.

"Even if it doesn't get made for the summer, I have plenty of options - a lot more than he does that's for sure, so everything will be rosy for us."

Frampton has been back training in Battersea with coach Shane McGuigan as he awaits the announcement of his next fight and the 28-year-old certainly enjoyed his time with former champion Mosley.

"It was great working with Shane. He's 43 now but he's still ripped and he has all the moves, it was a great experience," added Frampton.

"And he's a really nice guy, a real gentleman - he gave me loads of advice."

Meanwhile, Frampton's close friend Paddy Barnes is aiming to seal his place at the Rio Olympics with victory in his last contest in the World Series of Boxing.

Barnes and fellow Olympic bronze medallist Michael Conlan are in Venezuela with both carrying hopes of leaving town with their places in Rio assured.

Venezuela have named Finol Rivas as the opponent for light-flyweight Barnes and Jose Diaz-Azocar will be facing Conlan in Maiquetía tomorrow night.

Barnes leads the division by two points but still needs a four-point win to guarantee that he secures top spot, which comes with an Olympic spot. Should he receive an unlikely walkover, he could actually fall one point short of automatic qualification.

"If I win by a unanimous decision it's five points, if I win on a split decision it's four points," explained Barnes.

"I'm two points clear and the fella behind me, even if he wins, and I get four points, I'm still a point ahead and still winning."

Conlan is in second place - with two automatic spots available for the bantamweight division - going into his final bout so victory could prove enough for a ticket to Rio. But there are still outstanding fights in the division that will dictate the final standings.

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