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Carl Frampton: I’m The Real Champion

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Carl Frampton on his way to a dominant victory against Chris Avalos
Carl Frampton on his way to a dominant victory against Chris Avalos

IBF Champion Carl Frampton claims that he is the real champion and not Scott Quigg. Both fighters are hoping to setup to the super-bantamweight unification title bout this summer.

Frampton won the IBF crown back in September with a points victory over Kiko Martinez.

A fight between the pair would setup a huge summer showdown; Carl Frampton admits he is open to the fight and would be willing to travel to face Scott Quigg. The pair edged closer to a world title unification clash after both men agreed the fight must happen

The Jackal successfully defended his IBF title in Belfast last night. Frampton made light work of the sharp-talking American Chris Avalos with a brutal victory while his long-time rival Quigg was watching at ringside.

Frampton is now setting his sights on a showdown with the WBA Super Bantamweight champion Scott Quigg.

Negotiations for one of the most anticipated clashes in Britain have so far hit a wall.

Carl Frampton extended his record to 19-0 and he believes he deserves the upper hand in negotiations against the WBA.

“I would love it, I think Scott would too,” Frampton told ITV1.

“A summer showdown between the two of us is a huge fight. But Scott needs to remember who the real world champion is.

“I would leave Belfast if I had to, maybe somewhere neutral, it doesn’t matter to me.

“It’s the biggest fight in the UK at the minute – Amir Khan v Kell Brook possibly – but this one has been brewing a lot longer. It’s a huge domestic showdown.”

Scott Quigg has not been in action since he damaged his left-hand back in November, but he is now back in training working his way back to full fitness. Scott Quigg hopes to back out in action in May.

Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg
Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg

The WBA super-bantamweight champion flew out to Belfast to be ringside so he could witness his long-term rival performance against Chris Avalos. After the fight Quigg and Frampton posed for photos in the ring and Quigg believes that the location should not hinder the fight in taking place.

“This fight is big not because of him and not because of me. It’s the full package. The British public want the fight.

“He draws the crowd in Ireland; we draw the crowd in Britain. It doesn’t matter where the fight is – wherever holds the most, put the fight on.”

Carl Frampton’s profile was certainly raised last night. People who hadn’t seen the Jackal before will have heard of him now after the fight was screened live on ITV.

This was the first world title fight on British soil to be shown live on terrestrial television since 2008.

His manager Barry McGuigan may try to use that when attempting to secure his protégé a bigger share of the purse for any potential fight.

Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn insists it is a 50-50 contest, despite Frampton’s assertion that he holds the ‘real’ world title.

This won’t be the last we’ve heard about a potential Frampton v Quigg fight.

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