Following a frustrating loss to Carl Frampton today in Manchester, Scott Quigg and promoter Eddie Hearn both say that if a rematch can be made, they'd be willing to go to Belfast, Frampton's hometown, to get another shot.
Quigg says he respects Frampton, and adds that he's willing to do a rematch in Belfast. "We can't make as much money fighting anyone else"— Douglass Fischer (@dougiefischer) February 28, 2016
Quigg: "There has always been respect between me and [Frampton]." Hearn: "The fight will be in Belfast if there is a rematch."— Boxing Monthly (@BoxingMonthlyED) February 28, 2016
Quigg (31-1-2, 23 KO) lost a split decision to Frampton (22-0, 14 KO), which was only controversial in that Quigg received one of the scorecards, from New Mexico's Levi Martinez. But there's obvious reason for Quigg, who started exceptionally slow in the fight and didn't really pick it up until the eighth round, to want a rematch. And if the money is right, it could certainly happen by the end of this year, even if it doesn't happen next.
Frampton, who picked up the WBA title to add to his IBF belt, does have an IBF mandatory due against Japan's Shingo Wake (20-4-2, 12 KO), and Hearn says that if Frampton and his team decide not to do that fight, they'd like to get Quigg into the fight for the IBF belt.
Hearn: "If Frampton does not fight Shingo Wake, we will ask IBF to fight Wake for the vacant title."— Boxing Monthly (@BoxingMonthlyED) February 28, 2016
All of this is obviously very preliminary talk, since the fight just wrapped up around an hour ago. But it's out there, anyway, and could clue us into what comes next for these two fighters, or three, if you add Wake.