Carl Frampton vs Scott Quigg: Frampton open to rematch
By Isaac Robinson
Last Updated: 28/02/16 2:10pm
Carl Frampton is prepared to give Scott Quigg a rematch after taking the Lancastrian's WBA super-bantamweight world title.
'The Jackal' is now IBF and WBA Super champion after winning a split decision over Quigg and broke off his post-fight interview to sing along with his supporters.
Northern Irishman Frampton (22-0-KO14) told Sky Sports: "I know what means more than the belts - the travelling support. It's unbelievable. This isn't Manchester is it? It seems like Belfast.
"I couldn't believe it was a split [decision]. I don't know what that lad [the judge who scored the fight in Quigg's favour] was watching but I don't know - as long as I got the hand raised, that's the main thing but he needs to have a hard look at himself for giving it Quigg's way.
"I knew it was going to be a boring fight. I knew I had the brain today to do that and make it boring."
On the possibility of a rematch with Quigg or moving up to featherweight, Frampton added: "Of course. We have a great rivalry and it was a good fight in the end. The first half maybe wasn't good but of course we can do it again.
We have a great rivalry and it was a good fight in the end. The first half maybe wasn't good but of course we can do it again.
"I'd like to dedicate that to my Grandad Jimmy, who passed away and young Lee Welsh, who's getting over cancer.
"I can stay here [at super-bantamweight]. I make the weight easy. I knew everything had to be right. I'm happy to stay at super-bantamweight but if a big fight comes calling up at featherweight - Leo Santa Cruz, Lee Selby or any of these guys, I'm ready for it."
Trainer Shane McGuigan was proud of his charge and disappointed with the judge who scored the fight in favour of Quigg. Two judges scored it 116-112 in favour of Frampton while the other gave it to Quigg by a score of 115-113.
When asked if he thought Frampton had done enough, McGuigan said: "By a mile. I think he was outworking him. Scott was catching him with a couple of big shots but he hit him with a lot more shots and was dictating the pace of the fight. Scott was loading up and falling short.
"I thought it was a lot wider than that. To have a split decision was a bit shocking but we got the victory and I'm so proud."