Mudslinging between Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg and their respective teams reached an all- time high on the final leg of the press tour to launch their world-title unification showdown in Belfast at Europa Hotel on Wednesday.
The two will finally meet in a super-bantamweight world-title eliminator on February 27 next year after Sky Box Office staged a three-leg press tour to launch the much-anticipated pay-per-view fight.
With tensions already arisen between the two undefeated fighters during London and Manchester press events, the heated Belfast press event was the last nail to the coffin. The raucous Belfast crowd of nearly one thousand at the public press conference was no help either as the crowd supported Frampton.
Quigg and his trainer Joe Gallagher were treated to a hostile reception from Frampton’s home support, while Matchroom promoter Hearn was also loudly heckled.
Hearn previously promoted Frampton before linking up with Quigg. The Matchroom promoter was also quizzed about his 2013 prediction when he stated that the Irish fighter would beat his English rival.
“Two years ago, Scott wasn’t anywhere near the fighter he is now,” said Hearn.
“I think last July showed a lot about both fighters – Scott’s demolition of Kiko Martinez was very impressive, Carl Frampton’s debut in America wasn’t and I think that’s changed everyone’s view on it,’ continued the Matchroom promoter, referring to Frampton’s points victory over Alejandro Gonzalez Jr when the Irishman had to get up from the canvas twice to win.
“Taking nothing away from Carl, it’s not a gimme, but I think this is a fight that Scott Quigg is going to win comfortably,’ said Hearn, drawing an irritated response from Frampton.
Claimimg that the promoter only agreed to make the fight because of the potential earning power of the bout, Frampton later accused Hearn of “lying” about his assessment of the fight.
Hearn quickly shot back, saying: “Money is relevant, but you’d be getting nowhere near this payday without us and Sky so that’s the bottom line.”
Hearn revealed this week that Frampton will earn more from the fight.
Quigg on the other hand is happy with whatever income he will earn.
“I’m happy with what I’ve got and the deal got done because of me. I’m not money motivated – I’m motivated by the will to win,” Quigg said.
Even though the fight is set for Manchester, Frampton is expecting a huge travelling support from Ireland.
But Quigg, Hearn and Gallagher were quick to remark that the Irishman will not be able to take his home support with him into the ring.
Declaring that the pre-match trash talk was designed to “wind him up”, Frampton said, “Quigg is plucking at straws. They don’t know what to say… This fight is bigger than anything I’ve been involved in but it’s 20 times bigger than any fight Scott Quigg’s ever been involved in.”