Quigg: Donaire Fight Will Show Us How Much Frampton Has Left

By Keith Idec

Scott Quigg wants Carl Frampton to beat Nonito Donaire next month.

Quigg figures if he upsets Oscar Valdez on Saturday night and Frampton defeats Donaire, it’ll build momentum for their rematch. England’s Quigg suffered his only professional loss to Northern Ireland’s Frampton, a split-decision defeat two years ago in their super bantamweight championship unification fight in Manchester, England.

Quigg wanted an immediate rematch, but Frampton understandably pursued back-to-back featherweight title fights against Leo Santa Cruz in the United States. Taking the WBO featherweight title from Valdez would make Quigg an appealing opponent for Frampton later this year, but Quigg isn’t sure his rival can overcome even a diminished Donaire on April 21 in Belfast.


“I’m not sure,” Quigg told “It all depends. I don’t know much Donaire’s got left and I don’t know how much Frampton’s got left. [Frampton] didn’t look his sharpest in his last fight, but he changed his training team, so that could’ve had something to do with it. So I’m expecting Frampton to look a lot better and have his mind focused more on this.”

Mexico’s Horacio Garcia floored Frampton in the seventh round of his last bout, November 18 in Belfast. The 31-year-old Frampton (24-1, 14 KOs) came back from that debatable knockdown to beat Garcia (33-4-1, 24 KOs) by unanimous decision, though their fight seemed more competitive than the scores indicated (98-93, 98-93, 97-93).

Regardless, Quigg thinks that 10-round bout provided more questions about Frampton than answers entering his fight against Donaire (38-4, 24 KOs).

The 35-year-old Donaire, meanwhile, is 5-1 since Jamaica’s Nicholas Walters (26-1-1, 21 KOs) stopped him in the sixth round of their featherweight title fight in October 2014. Donaire most recently out-pointed Mexico’s Ruben Hernandez (23-3-1, 10 KOs) in a 10-rounder September 23 in San Antonio.

“Look, we all know Nonito Donaire is not the same fighter he was,” Quigg said. “But I think Nonito Donaire beats the Frampton that was in [Frampton’s] last fight. I think it’s a real close fight and it all depends on who turns up on what level on the night.”

The 29-year-old Quigg obviously realizes he, too, has accepted a very difficult assignment Saturday night at StubHub Center in Carson, California (ESPN; 10:30 p.m. ET). But if he can knock off Mexico’s Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs), who has shown vulnerability in each of his last two title defenses, Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KOs) would love to fight Frampton next.

“It would be a big fight,” Quigg said. “Obviously, I’ve gotta beat Oscar Valdez and become champion again. And he’s gotta beat Nonito Donaire. If he gets beat with Nonito Donaire, there’s no point in fighting him, is there? I wanted that fight [a rematch] straight away. He didn’t want it. So he doesn’t have anything to bargain with.

“The main thing is we’ve both got big fights. I hope he wins against Nonito Donaire. Obviously, I’ve gotta get the job done against Valdez. If we both get wins, then I’m sure that fight definitely would happen.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by steeve steel on 03-10-2018

The guy doesn't make weight, and his best win is an old Kiko Martinez but he doubts a fighter to whom he lost?

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Video: Jarrell Miller Talks Oquendo Fight, Wilder-Fury, Canelo Video: Robert Garcia on Canelo-DAZN, Wilder-Fury, Pac-Broner Video: Shannon Briggs Talks Return, Wilder-Fury, Wilder-Joshua Video: Teofimo Lopez on Menard, Loma-Pedraza, Ryan Garcia Jarrell Miller-Fres Oquendo In Works For 11/17 In Atlantic City Photos: Dadashev vs. DeMarco, Falcao vs. Pitto - Weigh-In Photos: Michael Conlan, Vladimir Nikitin - Square Up in Las Vegas Photos: Ryota Murata, Rob Brant - Set For Las Vegas Showdown Photos: Dorticos, Masternak - Prepared For War in WBSS Clash Photos: Emmanuel Rodriguez, Jason Moloney - Ready For WBSS Bellew: Ortiz & Povetkin Are PED Cheats - NOT Saunders, Whyte Photos: Jose Zepeda, Domicio Rondon - On Weight To Fight De La Hoya: Laughing at Lowlife Mayweather, He Needs Money Photos: Yuriorkis Gamboa Becomes 'El Papi Chulo' in Miami Lanardo Tyner vs. Cortez Chambliss on October 26 in Detroit Photos: Kid Galahad, Toka Kahn Clary - Ready For IBF Eliminator Photos: Katie Taylor, Cindy Serrano - Set For Unified Title Clash Photos: Tevin Farmer, James Tennyson - Ready For Boston Battle Photos: Demetrius Andrade, Walter Kautondokwa - Ready For War Dana White: Pay No Attention To Mayweather vs. Khabib Talk De La Hoya: Mayweather is Sad, He's Trying To Stay Relevant Emmanuel Rodriguez: I Have No Doubt That I Will Beat Moloney Hughie Fury: I Look Forward To Getting in There & Doing The Job Brant Feels Disrespected By Big Talk of Murata-Golovkin Fight Arum: Crawford, Benavidez should both return in March or April Canelo-Fielding: No Rematch Clause in Contracts, Says Hearn's Television Pick of The Week - October 19 Murata: I'd Like To Fight Canelo - But Without The Mexican Beef! Bradley Skeete: I Ain't Got Time To Be Treading Water! Caoimhin Agyarko Very Pumped For Pro Debut in Brentwood Khan Sees No Reason For Brook To Reject Rehydration Clause Canelo: I'm Not Desperate, Mayweather Rematch is Good For Fans Jason Quigley Overcomes Freddy Hernandez For Decision Win Peter Fury Assures That Hughie is Beyond Ready For Pulev McGuigan Confident of Josh Taylor Beating Everyone in WBSS Felix Alvarado Prepares To Hit Philippines For IBF Title Rumble Middleweight: A Possibly Complicated Sandbox Pacquiao Wants To End Adrien Broner in Seven Rounds or Less Francisco Vargas Would Embrace Direct Crack at Machado Photos: Murata-Brant, Dadashev-DeMarco - Face-Off at Presser

Latest Active Forum Threads