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Eddie Hearn just went on live TV and offered Carl Frampton £1.5m to fight Scott Quigg

“Fight can only take place as a co-promotion,” insists Frampton as he thumbs his nose at Hearn’s cheque.

WORLD SUPER-BANTAMWEIGHT champion Carl Frampton has stuck to his guns and turned down a £1.5 million offer to face Scott Quigg.

Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn tried to hijack negotiations for the summer superfight when he produced a signed seven-figure cheque on live TV this afternoon.

But Frampton immediately turned it down and insisted that he will only agree to the fight if it is a co-promotion.

Hearn’s Matchroom Sport and Cyclone Promotions, run by Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan, have been wrangling over the venue and TV rights as well as other financial considerations.

If they can’t strike a deal to work together, Frampton is happy to skip Quigg — who holds the “regular” WBA belt — and defend his IBF title against another of the division’s challengers.

“My team and I have been in negotiations with Matchroom Sport to co-promote this fight,” Frampton said in a statement.

It has been made very clear to Matchroom Sport throughout the entire negotiation period that this huge domestic fight can only take place as a co-promotion.

“It is therefore frustrating that Matchroom have deviated from negotiations with this offer.”

Cyclone said: “Matchroom Sport understands Carl Frampton is under contract with Cyclone Promotions.

“If Matchroom Sport are interested in joining Cyclone Promotions in staging this domestic superfight, we recommend Matchroom accept the invitation for a follow-up meeting.”

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