- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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With Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton being two of the best 122-pound talents in boxing, a showdown between them is one of the fights many in the United Kingdom are really looking forward to someday.
That day could be getting closer, although each man has business to attend to first.
Quigg (26-0-2, 19 KOs), 25, of England, was recently elevated from an interim titleholder to a full titleholder, and then retained the belt via majority draw against Yoandris Salinas on Oct. 5. Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport has announced that Quigg’s second defense, against an opponent to be determined, will take place Nov. 23 in Manchester, England, on the Carl Froch-George Groves undercard.
“I was a bit gutted not to get the 'W' against Salinas, as I felt that I deserved it. It was a tough fight, but one that I felt that I came on very strong in at the end,” Quigg said. “That fight is in the past now, though, and I’m ready to defend my belt and do so in style. It’s going to be a massive occasion with Carl and George’s fight set to be one of the biggest in Britain for a long time, so I’m thrilled to be involved.”
Frampton (16-0, 11 KOs), 26, of Northern Ireland, defends his European title in his hometown of Belfast against France’s Jeremy Parodi (35-1-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday. This fight is also a world title elimination match, although not for the belt that Quigg holds.
However, Frampton's manager, Hall of Fame former featherweight champion Barry McGuigan, said he has received an offer from Hearn for Frampton to face Quigg in March.
McGuigan said that is a fight Frampton wants. However, he also said any discussion of the fight will only take place after Frampton’s fight with Parodi. So it is possible that if Frampton beats Parodi and Quigg beats whomever he faces next month, they could square off in early 2014.
Hopefully, it will happen.