Cham­pion Framp­ton quashes Quigg’s hopes of a ti­tle re­match

The Herald - Herald Sport - - UPDATE - HENRY MCCALL

CARL FRAMP­TON stressed he would “rather move on to big­ger and bet­ter things” than have a re­match with Scott Quigg af­ter he beat his fel­low Bri­ton on points at Manch­ester Arena to be­come uni­fied world su­per-ban­tamweight cham­pion.

The vic­tory, which handed Framp­ton the WBA ti­tle which be­longed to Quigg to add to the IBF belt he al­ready owned, came via a split de­ci­sion de­spite the for­mer hav­ing been well in con­trol for much of the con­test.

Bury-born Quigg af­ter wards ex­pressed his de­sire for the pair – both un­de­feated head­ing into Satur­day’s much-an­tic­i­pated bout – to meet again in Framp­ton’s na­tive Belfast.

But Framp­ton said: “To be hon­est, I would rather move on to big­ger and bet­ter things. If I have to have a re­match, no prob­lem, but the world is our oys­ter now and I think we just move on. It says split de­ci­sion, but it shouldn’t have been. I felt like I was very com­fort­able in there.”

There has been plenty of talk about the win­ner of Satur­day’s fight fac­ing Cuba’s for­mer su­per-ban­tamweight world cham­pion Guillermo Rigondeaux. But Framp­ton and his camp are much more en­thu­si­as­tic about the idea of tak­ing on the reign­ing WBA feath­er­weight world cham­pion Leo Santa Cruz.

Fr a mpt on ’ s m a na ger Barry McGuigan feels that would be a “breath­tak­ing” show­down – and has said both a Quigg re­match and fight against Rigondeaux are unattrac­tive op­tions.

McGuigan, who also men­tioned as pos­si­ble fu­ture op­po­nents Wales’ Lee Selby and Amer­i­can Gary Rus­sell Jr – the IBF and WBC feath­er­weight world cham­pi­ons re­spec­tively – said: “We need to step it up to the next level. The money fight is Santa Cruz. The dif­fer­ence be­tween him and Scott is that Scott was un­sure and just didn’t want to throw, as he was so ap­pre­hen­sive be­cause he was be­ing hit hard that he just didn’t want to let go.

“Santa Cruz does let go and it would be a fab­u­lous fight.”

Framp­ton added: “It is very ap­peal­ing to me. I think Santa Cruz could do su­per-ban­tam, but if I have to go to feath­er­weight... I wouldn’t go to feath­er­weight for a no-mark but he ob­vi­ously is a big name.”

In terms of Quigg’s op­tions go­ing for­ward, his pro­moter Ed­die Hearn spoke about var­i­ous pos­si­ble sce­nar­ios, in­clud­ing tak­ing on Rigondeaux.

But Quigg him­self, who only started to make a real im­pres­sion when a fight strug­gling to live up to the hype de­vel­oped into more of a bat­tle in the fi­nal few rounds, said of a re­match: “Ob­vi­ously it is the fight I want. The guy has just beaten me and I 100 per cent be­lieve I can beat him, hav­ing been in there and been com­fort­able, then put it on him like I did in the last bit. If there was an­other one, I think it would take off from where we just left it.”

The 27-year-old sus­tained a bro­ken jaw dur­ing the bout, which ended with 116-112 counts in Framp­ton’s favour by two judges, with the other giv­ing it to Quigg 115-113.

Quigg added: “He has got the de­ci­sion, he is the world cham­pion, he is a great fighter and I’m not go­ing to dis­credit him. If it wasn’t for the jaw, I’d be back in the gym Mon­day. It is ab­so­lutely killing me in­side, but I’ll be back. As soon as I can get back in the gym, I’ll be putting the work in and I’ll make sure it will never hap­pen again.”

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Pic­ture: Getty Images

DAY OF THE JACKAL: Carl Framp­ton says he felt in com­plete con­trol dur­ing the win over Quigg.

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