Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

SCOTT EYEING TT EYEING BLOCKBUSTBLOCKBUS ER ; Quigg V Frampton Has Makings of New Benn-Eubank Rivalry.

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

SCOTT EYEING TT EYEING BLOCKBUSTBLOCKBUS ER ; Quigg V Frampton Has Makings of New Benn-Eubank Rivalry.

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THE crowd had barely dispersed from the temporary arena erected in Belfast's Titanic quarter when texts started to fly between members of Scott Quigg's camp.

Hearing Carl Frampton call out his super-bantamweight rival was music to their ears.

"This'll be pay-perview," read one text.

Quigg's promoter Eddie Hearn, who masterminded the boxing event of the year in Carl Froch's Wembley rematch with George Groves in May, believes another Battle of Britain has the potential to capture the public imagination again.

Quigg-Frampton is not being viewed as a one-off - rather the beginning of a series. A modern-day equivalent of Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank.

There is an appetite to stage it at Old Trafford to evoke memories of Benn-Eubank in 1993.

Such grand plans would need to be saved for a rematch - but the anticipation is that a first contest, at a smaller arena, would create such fireworks that a second encounter would become a must- see event, worthy of a football stadium.

The issue - as ever in boxing - is politics.

Quigg and Frampton would have squared off long before either man held a world title.

It has been those who have guided their careers who have wanted to save a contest until it reached its money-making potential.

That moment came on Saturday as Frampton outclassed Kiko Martinez to claim the IBF crown.

If the performance confirmed the 27-yearold's status as a worldclass fighter, the 16,000 crowd demonstrated his appeal. A fact he was only too happy to point out to his Bury rival.

"The only man I want to fight is Scott Quigg," he said. "What Eddie Hearn needs to remember is I'm the one who brings the fans."

Frampton's promoter and manager Barry McGuigan pressed the point, saying: "Scott Quigg will draw 800 people in Bury. We had to build an arena to fit in all Carl Frampton's fans."

The message is clear - Frampton's camp believe they hold the trump card, that Quigg needs them more than they need him. …

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