A high-profile unification fight with Carl Frampton is being blocked by the IBF bantamweight title holder’s team, according to WBA champion Scott Quigg.
Quigg, 26, and his promoter Eddie Hearn have openly been trying to seal a clash with Frampton for the past couple of years and even went public with a cheque made out to the Northern Irishman for £1.5 million recently.
The huge payday was rebuffed by Frampton’s handlers at Cyclone Promotions as manager Barry McGuigan said he wanted a 50-50 split of the purse, something Quigg revealed to WBN has more than been accepted.
“Frampton has already been offered £1.5 Million. You know, so in my opinion his team are giving him the wrong advice,” Quigg exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I’ve moved on the split and I’ve offered to give him a bigger split, but they still don’t seem to want the fight.”
Frampton recently hooked up with US-based boxing giant Al Haymon and made his debut under the Premier Boxing Champions by successfully defeating Alejandro Gonzalez via a unanimous decision.
With both fighters still no nearer to sealing other encounters, Quigg outlined that Hearn continues to pursue the fight and has spoken to Haymon about the possibility of the pair finally sharing the ring.
“Eddie’s been talking with Al Haymon and I think that it’s getting closer, but I think that the fight is not happening because of the team around him don’t want that fight at the minute,” said Quigg.
“I think Carl wants the fight, but in my opinion he’s getting bad advice. It’s the biggest fight out there for him and the biggest fight out there for me.
“Money wise, publicity wise, career defining-wise it’s the biggest fight, so I don’t understand why he’s being advised not to take the fight.
“Abner Mares and Santa Cruz they got paid $1.25 million which is about £750,000 to £800,000 for fighting each other recently, so I don’t see why the £1.5 million was rejected.
“At the moment there have been talks about fighting someone else, but the Frampton fight is the one that I want and I believe that I will stop him,” he added.