Promoter Frank Warren has revealed an offer to Scott Quigg for a Windsor Park rematch with Carl Frampton was rejected by the Bury man.
Now training under Freddie Roach in Los Angeles, Quigg was sought out by Warren to fill the void left by Lee Selby for a Frampton’s massive outdoor outing in Belfast.
Selby was due to be in the opposite corner for a world title challenge until the Welshman lost his belt to Josh Warrington, leaving Warren searching for a high-profile replacement.
Frampton defeated Quigg in a grudge match at Manchester Arena in February 2016, dominating the first six rounds before seeing out a contentious split decision.
Many believe the fight could have been a classic had both boxers been at their peak on the night, which Warren obviously agreed with when sending Quigg a deal to consider.
Despite the potential for a rematch at an outdoor venue, Warren says Quigg priced himself out of a second contest with Frampton, who himself says eventual foe Luke Jackson was a better option.
“Quigg seems to forget that he lost his last fight to the WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez,” Warren said, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
“It’s alright saying, ‘Yes, I want the fight’ but then when you say how much you want then it’s just unrealistic.
“What he wanted for the fight was just unrealistic so that was it.”
Frampton added: “Quigg doesn’t deserve the fight. I beat him and never got out of first gear.
“Scott Quigg doesn’t have a fan base and he doesn’t deserve another fight.
“This fight with Jackson is going to be a tougher fight because he’s an undefeated fighter with momentum.
“Scott Quigg is looking a pay-day and I’ve already given him one of those,” said the former world champion.
Frampton v Jackson takes place at the home of Linfield FC on August 18 and features ex-heavyweight king Tyson Fury and Olympian Paddy Barnes in a world title challenge on the bill.