By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
SCOTT QUIGG is ready to take a £1m gamble for a clash with super-bantamweight rival Carl Frampton.
Promoter Eddie Hearn yesterday offered IBF champion Frampton £1.5m to fight WBA title holder Quigg in Manchester on July 18.
That is a guaranteed pay cheque for the Belfast fighter, while Hearn's man Quigg could end up with less than £500,000.
Quigg's purse will depend on how the show sells, but Hearn is confident the 18,000-seater Manchester Arena will be packed out and the fight will be a huge hit on Sky Box Office.
The 26-year-old Bury man is not worried about getting short changed though.
He said: "The main thing is I want that fight. He called me out on national TV.
"I've wanted the fight for a long time. I want to prove I'm the best. Don't call me out on national TV and then not come and fight me.
"I respect him as a fighter, he is very good. But you want to be in the big fights.
"That is why I want to take the risk money wise. I want the fight. I get up every morning not for money, but the love of what I do and to make sure I'm the best."
Hearn has booked Manchester Arena for July 18 and insists Quigg will make a voluntary defence of his title if Frampton's promoters Cyclone Promotions do not accept this offer.
The Matchroom chief said: "This can't be turned down if they really want the fight. I do believe they, well Carl Frampton, wants the fight.
"Unless this is made this week, this fight cannot happen this summer.
"There is no minimum [pay] for Scott, we are the ones taking the risk. He could end up with a lot less but if it goes as planned he should make around the same."
Cyclone Promotions - headed by boxing legend Barry McGuigan - hit back by claiming negotiations are still ongoing about a co-promotion.
But Hearn added: "We haven't deviated from negotiations. They are over.
"This is a last-ditch attempt to get a fight. We haven't got time."