Fight fans across Britain have prayed that this fight will come to fruition. They feel it has the makings to be one of the best domestic fights in recent times. But still, their prayers have not yet been answered. Scott Quigg versus Carl Frampton…Will it ever happen?
Before I give you some reasons why I believe this fight has not been made yet, and when it could happen, let me tell you a bit about both fighters careers so far.
Quigg (25-0-1, 18 KO’s), hails from Bury, Lancashire and made his pro debut in April 2007. He claimed the vacant WBA Inter-Continental super-bantamweight title on September 25, 2010, after knocking out Argentina’s Santiago Allione in 3 rounds. He defended the title a further two times before he set his sights on the British title.
On October 22, 2011, Quigg, 24, destroyed Nottingham’s Jason Booth in 7 rounds and was announced as the new British champion. The Bury Man went on to successfully defend the title on February 4, 2012, after picking himself off the canvas to stop Scottish-born Jamie Arthur in 8 rounds. Quigg then stepped up a level to take on Leicester’s Rendall Munroe on June 16, 2012, in a clash for the ‘Interim’ WBA World super-bantamweight title. The fight was called to a halt though after only 3 rounds and it was confirmed as a technical decision draw due to a clash of heads. Later that year, on November 24, Quigg and Munroe met again. Quigg turned on the style this time to dispatch of Munroe in 6 rounds. It was an eye-catching performance that impressed fight fans.
Frampton (16-0-0, 11 KO’s), a.k.a ‘The Jackal’, was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and made his pro debut on June 12, 2009. He claimed his first title in 2010 with the vacant Celtic super-bantamweight title. Frampton then claimed the vacant Commonwealth super-bantamweight title in September 2011. In May, 2012, ‘The Jackal’ stepped up a level when taking on Mexican Raul Hirales for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental super-bantamweight title. Frampton showed his class though on the night winning the contest comfortably on points.
Frampton, 26, then put his Commonwealth and IBF Inter-Continental 122lb titles on the line on September 22, 2012, when he faced Canada’s Steve Molitor. The Ulsterman was on top form yet again and produced a classy display to stop Molitor in 6 rounds. Frampton’s toughest and most dangerous examination came on February 9 last year. He challenged Spain’s Kiko Martinez for the European crown, and, put his IBF Inter-Continental title on the line. ‘The Jackal’ was put under constant pressure throughout from Martinez, but he showed he has the ability to mix it up and adapt when required. Frampton ended the contest in fine fashion, sending Martinez to the canvas in the 9th round. The fight was stopped after the Spaniard was unable to continue.
‘The Jackal’ surprised many people last month when he and his team decided to part company with Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport. Frampton put pen to paper and astonishingly signed with Frank Warren. Despite having fought ten less fights than Quigg, Frampton must feel that his career has ignited more so than his domestic rival. Frampton and his team felt that it was the best possible move for them to sign with Warren.
Quigg has not fought since November and this has left him and his team feeling very frustrated. His career has stalled. For such a promising talent, he needs to kept active. It was one of the reasons why he felt he had to leave Ricky Hatton’s promotional company and sign with Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport this month. It really has been a bizarre year with fighters leaving one promoter to sign with another.
Both Quigg and Frampton have really come on strong of late, showing a lot of promise. They have matured into solid operators and they are still learning and gaining valuable experience with each fight. They are both still young of course. Both fighters have become a favourite amongst fight fans in Britain. The majority of fans want the pair to fight to decide who the best is in Britain at 122lbs.
So, why have they not fought yet?
Well, both fighters are at a slightly different stage of their career than the other. Quigg is currently ranked #1 in the WBA super-bantamweight rankings and due to fight on June 29 at Bolton arena. He has not fought since November, that may most likely just be a stay busy fight. His team though may be looking towards getting him a shot at WBA Super World super-bantamweight title-holder Guillermo Rigondeaux next year. Frampton, on the other hand, claimed the European title in February, so he and his team may be looking at defending the title in his next fight at Wembley arena on July 20. Frampton is ranked #14 in the WBO rankings, so he and his team may be looking for him to step up to World level in 2014.
In order for Quigg and Framton to fight, a World title may need to be at stake. This of course would make this fight an even bigger event.
But, why would there need to be a World belt on the line? Both are ranked #1 and #2 in Britain, so it makes sense for them to prove who is the best in Britain at 122lbs. I am sure a lot of money would be offered to both fighters. Apparently, Eddie Hearn turned down an offer from Frank Warren to make the fight happen around September 2013. If this is true then perhaps the main reason for this could be due to Quigg’s inactivity over the past 7 months. Perhaps neither Man wants to risk losing their ‘0’ to the other. This may not be the case though as they have often spoke about wanting the fight to happen.
I think we will see Quigg and Frampton fight, but, I believe it could come down to two things. They either meet in a World title eliminator bout, or it happens when one of them loses their unbeaten record and needs the other to get themselves back on track.
Whatever the case, this fight NEEDS to happen. Their styles would gel so well. It would be a bruising war for as long as it lasts. Who knows, if they met once, they could do it all over again.
We could have one hell of a rivalry on our hands with these two.