clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Frampton-Quigg hits a snag over TV rights

The Carl Frampton-Scott Quigg fight has hit a sticking point over television rights, which could potentially derail the bout.

Charles McQuillan/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Carl Frampton vs. Scott Quigg could get thrown off track if all involved parties can't come to an agreement over television rights. Eddie Hearn thinks this fight is big enough to merit being broadcast on Sky Sports PPV. Carl Frampton's manager, Barry McGuigan, wants to keep the fight on ITV where Frampton's last fight against Chris Avalos drew 1.9 million viewers - thinking ITV will continue building Frampton's fan base.

Since Eddie Hearn formed a partnership which obligates him to bring some fights to Sky Sports, this issue is a potentially big stumbling block in the fight going forward.

"Scott Quigg, Carl Frampton...we had a meeting today but I think my expression says it all," said Hearn to TalkSPORT Radio. "We are trying. I want to see this fight, both as a promoter and a fan, and I think we all have a duty to provide these sorts of fights. It's frustrating at times but we have to crack on and hope these fights can be made. "

When probed about him possibly being too stubborn about taking the fight to Sky Sports, Hearn responded by saying it's his responsibility to secure the best financial outcome for his fighter.

"That's my job - to maximize the earnings of my fighters. I can do it. I know where to do it and I know where the most money is for [Frampton-Quigg] to happen. And, if they want a piece of it, they are more than welcome."

Despite this making sense at a fundamental level, Hearn's whole set-up with Sky Sports seems tailor made for some conflict-of-interest issues to arise.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Bad Left Hook Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your global boxing news from Bad Left Hook