By Nick Parkinson:
Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn will want the fight screened on Sky Sports, but McGuigan insists the fight must happen on Frampton’s terms
Carl Frampton’s promoter Barry McGuigan has warned Scott Quigg not to be “greedy” in his demands for a world title unification clash.
IBF world super-bantamweight champion Frampton set up the prospect of facing Quigg this summer by clinically finishing off American Chris Avalos in the fifth round.
The Belfast boxer thrilled his home fans and those watching on ITV in the first live world title fight in Britain since 2008.
Unbeaten Frampton’s first title defence might not have got the 18million viewers who saw Irishman McGuigan win the world featherweight title nearly 30 years ago on terrestial TV.
But McGuigan hopes ITV will be persuaded to continue showing Frampton, 28, and is determined to make a fight with Manchester’s WBA interim champion Quigg on free-to-air TV.
Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn will want the fight screened on Sky Sports, but McGuigan insists the fight must happen on Frampton’s terms.
He said: “We believe there’s a future with ITV and I really hope we can have the fight with Quigg on ITV. As long as Quigg’s not too greedy, that fight can happen.
“Quigg turned up for the fight so he’s genuinely interested in it. As long as he remembers Carl has the regular world title and packs out arenas and as long as he understands that and Carl is the attraction, it can happen.
“I think he’s on a fight by fight deal with Sky, he’s not on a contract with Sky, and he’s a nice kid and a hell of a fighter.
“But saying we want Quigg next is not a licence for him to come back and say he wants crazy money.
“I think the fight can be done at a 30,000 seater outdoor stadium or you could do it at the MEN Arena in Manchester or at the O2 Arena in London. QPR’s ground rings a few bells with me and our sponsors CWM sponsor Chelsea so that’s an option.
“We really want the fight. Hearn keeps pushing the pay per view but it’s a much better fight on terrestial TV where more people can see it and makes these kids superstars.
“We can do that if they are a bit less greedy. Eddie is about numbers all the time but let’s think about it being free-to-air and it will be a brilliant fight. Boxing has a future on terrestial TV.”
Frampton silenced Avalos’ taunts in the fifth round for what he rates as his best display – and then declared he is ready to face Quigg anywhere this summer.
He said: “It doesn’t matter where it is, I’m happy where ever and we can have it at a neutral venue in London if that’s what it takes.
“Now is the perfect time to do it. It should happen now.
“I think it was my best performance to date. He seemed very slow to me and I could see everything coming.
“He said I punch like a pansy in the second round and he was even talking just before I stopped him in the fifth.
“I wanted to teach him a few manners and after the fight he just got out of the ring asking me for a rematch. I give respect as a fighter, but not as a man.”