Wednesday, March 25, 2015 could be a pivotal day in the ongoing negotiations in attempts to make the Carl Frampton-Scott Quigg British super-fight.
Quigg’s trainer, Joe Gallagher, confirmed to WBN that representatives from both sides will meet tomorrow in London as they continue to try and thrash out a deal to satisfy both parties as well as boxing fans desire to see the super-bantamweights collide in the ring.
Gallagher, however, urges caution, and whilst he wants nothing more than the fight to happen, a part of him isn’t convinced it will.
“There’s something inside me that tells me this fight won’t happen which is sad anyway and is certainly through no fault of our own,” he told WBN.
“If this fight is made it’ll put a buzz back into British boxing. There’s a big part of me as well that wants to believe the fight is going to happen. If they can make Mayweather-Pacquiaio I’m sure they can make Frampton v Quigg. If we’re going to do it then we have to start making headway with negotiations. We’ll see where we go after tomorrow.”
Quigg travelled to Belfast last month to observe Frampton’s first defence of his IBF world super-bantamweight title against Chris Avalos which saw ‘The Jackal’ dismantle his mandatory challenger inside five rounds. His suited and booted English rival then climbed into the ring afterwards, alongside Frampton and his promoter Barry McGuigan, to speak to ITV’s Gabriel Clarke.
“Scott showed how much he wants the fight by going to Belfast and getting in the ring,” said Gallagher.
“If the fight doesn’t happen then there’ll be an excuse one way or another as to why it’s not happening. Carl Frampton had a training fight [last time out]. He didn’t take much damage, it was a 4-5 round blow out. It wasn’t an attritional fight. Scott hasn’t fought since last year but he’s ready to go now, he wants the fight.”
Gallagher also cleared up his recent “two-week deadline” comments provoking criticism and ridicule from Frampton and his fans that the Belfast man had only two weeks to make the fight.
“What I was saying last week was that we have to start making a move now. The end of May is 10 weeks away and the end of June is 14 weeks away. As Eddie Hearn said it’s frustratingly slow. If the fight, in a couple of weeks, hasn’t been made then we’re all going to have to start looking elsewhere to fight before the summer. I need Scott to fight May/June time and definitely before the end of the season.”
“Carl can’t earn any more money fighting any other man in the division,” he added.
Shaun Brown is WBN’s Chief Writer, follow Shaun on Twitter @sbrown2pt0