Carl Frampton believes former opponent Scott Quigg ‘cheated in a way’ when facing Oscar Valdez for the WBO featherweight title recently.
Quigg missed weight by a wide margin before suffered bad facial damage in losing the world title bid, leaving the door open for Frampton to face Valdez should he come through Nonito Donaire next month.
A win for Quigg could have set up a massive rematch with ‘The Jackal’ after the Belfast man’s battle with Donaire for the interim WBO strap, although Frampton says without a belt the Bury man is not worth fighting again.
“I respect and admire Valdez, too. I like how he fights but I believe I’d have the beating of him. I was encouraged because Quigg had success against him,” said Frampton.
“Quigg missed the weight badly and I knew in my head that’s how he was going to approach the fight. He wanted to soak up as much as possible and try to walk through it. It was wrong, disrespectful and cheating in a way.
“Unless Quigg wins a world title, I’m not interested in him. I need to worry about Donaire and then when I’ve got the job done I’m chasing the likes of Valdez and the winner of Lee Selby v Josh Warrington, he added.
Frampton’s words will surely hit a nerve with Quigg, who told World Boxing News prior to the Dillian Whyte v Lucas Browne fight he didn’t appreciate social media taunts from his ex-opponent after the weigh-in.
“He’s (Frampton) missed weight before. People don’t know the circumstances, but I just think they’re a bunch of muppets – it’s as simple as that,” Quigg told lead writer Joe Hewlett in London.
“People are going to say something because it’s at a high level and looks unprofessional but training for a fight with a fractured foot four week before the fight isn’t easy. I came up short, but I’ll be back a lot stronger.
“My stocks went up even in defeat, it’s about getting out again in August, September time and then getting a big fight at the end of the year again. I’ll speak with Eddie after the Joshua fight and go through a plan.”
Asked if he is still chasing a rematch with Frampton, Quigg concluded: “I’m not really a****, if it happens it happens.
“He beat me, and I want to avenge that lost but if it doesn’t then it’s not because of me not wanting it. I aim to become a world champion again and if that happens then I’m sure it could happen.”