Exclusive: No Frampton unification unless Quigg is promoted, say IBF
A blockbuster deal between super-bantamweight champion’s Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg for February 2016 is on the verge of finally being completed following painstaking negotiations involving both camps.
Despite some reports that suggest the fight is a done deal, Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn told WBN on Thursday that contracts had yet to be signed as final points of the respective paperwork are worked out.
One sticking point could be the fact that Quigg remains the WBA ‘regular’ champion, which means the Bury man is unable to participate in a two-belt battle. The way around this for Hearn and Frampton’s handler Barry McGuigan is to lobby for Quigg to be bumped up to ‘super’ title status currently held by Guillermo Rigondeaux as the IBF are fiercely adamant on their current stance.
“We will not even consider a unification for Carl Frampton unless Scott Quigg is the ‘super’ champion,” IBF Chairman Lindsey Tucker exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Some of the organizations (the WBA) have multiple champions and we will only unify with highest ranked champion (currently Rigondeaux),” he added.
Seeing how the Cuban was recently stripped by the WBO, there may be a good chance Rigondeaux could suffer a similar fate with the WBA, and therefore, leave the door open for Quigg to be promoted in the nick of time.
That would mean IBF belt holder Frampton and fellow titlist Quigg would both have their respective belts on the line when the pair collide in Manchester early next year, adding even more spice to an already mammoth occasion for the UK fans.