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The Stupid Reason Both Frampton And Quigg Nearly Pulled Out As Tensions Rise

The Stupid Reason Both Frampton And Quigg Nearly Pulled Out As Tensions Rise
By Conor O'Leary Updated

Updated 9.15 am

There are highly-anticipated British boxing fights, and then there's Frampton and Quigg. The unification title fight between Northern Ireland's IBF super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton, and the WBA super-bantamweight champion Scott Quigg should be a massive bout in Manchester Arena on Saturday night.

But there's a slight hitch. Both boxers are threatening to pull out of the fight as tensions are escalating between the camps.

The reason for the pull-outs? A dressing room. Or rather, which fighter gets the slightly bigger, and slightly cushier 'home' dressing room.

It comes after accusations of being 'childish' and 'embarrassing' are coming from both camps - with Quigg's trainer Joe Gallagher suggesting that Frampton will struggle to make the weight.

It was a fiesty press-conference between the pair on Thursday, and there was pushing and shoving as the tension rises between the two undefeated champions. Shots were fired throughout the day, and both insisted they would walk away from the lucrative fight over the issue.

Quigg's promoters insist they have made numerous concessions just to get the fight organised, and Bury native Quigg insists he doesn't care about his projected £2 million payday:

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I’m not materialistic in the slightest. Manchester is my town. This is my Arena. I get my dressing room or I’m out of here.

Frampton countered, and revealed why it's such a big issue for him - although he did offer a comprise:

It won’t bother me. This started out as a bit of a laughing matter as far as I was concerned but they’ve turned into a point of principle.

There are two identical rooms next to each other. I’m the A-side in this fight but I’ll compromise with us taking one of those each and locking the door of the one in question.

Quigg was having none of it:

There is no A-side here. We’re both world champions. The problem here is his ego. He’s so arrogant he thinks he can call the shots on every little thing.

That's a lot of hatred and vitriol over a dressing room. Is there really that much of a difference.

Apparently so, says Frampton's trainer Shane McGuigan - son of legendary boxer Barry McGuigan:

That dressing room is more spacious but that’s not all. The flooring is much more suitable for warming up before the fight – and the warm-up is key.

I suppose a game of rock, paper, scissors is out of the cards then?

You can watch the press conference in full:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbY_I_syJfE

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[Daily Mail]

See Also: Sneak Peak At Frampton vs Quigg Whets The Appetite For A Massive Scrap

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