Writing in his weekly Daily Mail column, Eddie Hearn has today claimed that he still wants Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg to fight – however, after the pair’s respective performances at the weekend, he is not willing to improve his offer to the Belfast man.
Frampton made his American debut in Texas, climbing from the canvas twice to comprehensively outpoint Alejandro González Jr., while across the Atlantic, Scott Quigg dispatched former Frampton opponent, Kiko Martínez, inside two rounds.
Analysing Frampton’s defence of his IBF super bantamweight title, Hearn admitted that “it is always impressive when you can get up off the canvas not once but twice to win a fight on points. He has heart.”
Nevertheless, Hearn feels that “Alejandro González, while game, is not exactly Scott Quigg.”
Hypothesisng why Frampton was below his usual best in El Paso, Hearn continued: “I felt watching that fight that his body language was wrong. He seemed a bit flat.”
“The atmosphere in America is not the same as over here and I think Frampton needs that passion behind him to get in fight mode. It is one reason why he looks so good in Belfast – where the people love him.”
On the other hand, Hearn was mightily impressed by Quigg’s stoppage of former champion Martínez, noting “what a performance from Quigg against a top opponent like Kiko Martínez. He destroyed him in two rounds.”
“All I hear around the gyms from people who spar with him is that Quigg, a super bantamweight, punches like a middleweight. He proved it on Saturday and let’s hope he now starts getting the credit he deserves.”
“On the same night that Carl Frampton struggled across the Atlantic, I think Quigg made a real statement of intent about what would happen if they finally meet.”
Hearn now feels that “what you cannot deny after Saturday’s fights is that Quigg’s stock has risen and Frampton’s has fallen.”
The Matchroom Promotions head honcho claims that he still wants to make the fight, but is now not willing to budge on his offers to the champion, arguing that “make no mistake, I am committed to making that fight and my offers stand – but how can I offer Frampton more money now?”
Outlining what he is willing to give the Belfast man, Hearn explained that “the offers stand at 60-40 to the winner, 50-50, or a straight £1.5million. Britain desperately wants this fight and I desperately want to make it.”
These terms are likely to not be agreeable for Frampton and Cyclone Promotions, who believe that, as a legitimate world champion, ‘The Jackal’ deserves a guaranteed majority of the purse.