A fight between Scott Quigg and Nonito Donaire hasn't panned out and the two will be heading in other directions for the time being. There's no ill will on either side of the negotiating table, it's just that Scott Quigg and his promoter Eddie Hearn have decided that a potential fight with Carl Frampton is much more important right now.
Quigg and Donaire were in talks for Nonito to travel to the UK to challenge Quigg in late November, but both Quigg and Hearn realized that a Frampton fight is much more lucrative for them.
"We held talks with the Donaire camp, but our priority remains Carl Frampton," Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn told ESPN.com on Monday. "I have meetings with Frampton's team this week, and I really believe that we can close on that fight. If we can't, then Scott is more than happy to fight Nonito, but while we are in these kind of negotiations for Frampton, I'm just not going to commit to that fight just yet."
Bob Arum, who promotes Nonito Donaire, said that position is perfectly understandable and that they were never misled about Frampton being Quigg's preference, so he has no problem if they want to go in that direction. Arum goes on to say that he'll get Donaire another fight this year and look to make the Quigg fight next year. Bob also added that HBO has a little interest in Donaire's next outing.
"I don't want to put them on the spot. They were interested, but not necessarily committed," Arum said of HBO, which has televised several Donaire bouts but neither of his 2015 fights, both of which took place overseas [his native Philippines and Macau]."
Arum says that if he can secure and HBO date for Donaire, he'll fight in America, otherwise he'll take Donaire overseas to fight in either China or the Philippines.