By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
SCOTT QUIGG fears a 'Battle of Britain' clash with Carl Frampton may never take place.
IBF super-bantamweight champion Frampton has turned down a £1.5m offer to fight WBA belt holder Quigg.
Bury bruiser Quigg will now make the sixth defence of his title against Spaniard Kiko Martinez at the Manchester Arena on July 18.
Victory could then lead to more negotiations with Belfast's Frampton.
But 26-year-old Quigg says a super-fight between the pair is not guaranteed.
He said: "He's gone hiding from a cheque of £1.5m so, when he sees the performance I put in to demolish Kiko, I think he will be further under that rock.
"There can't be any excuses. The Frampton team got everything they wanted with their stupid demands but then turned down £1.5m.
"If someone offered me that amount to fight in Belfast, I would swim there - that's how confident I am of beating him.
"It's the fight the British public want to see. It's a massive fight and everyone wants it. But I can't make him get into the ring I would have the final he doesn't want to.
"The people who are stopping him are his team. His promoter Barry McGuigan needs to sling his hook. That's the only way the fight will be made.
"If I want something to happen I get on the phone. The difference is that he's getting told what to do and when he does it.
"If the situation was reversed I would have the final say, 100 percent. Barry has overruled it and cost Carl life-changing money."
Now Quigg's attention turns to 29-year-old former IBF champion Martinez with his promoter Eddie Hearn sounding a note of caution.
Hearn warned: "If Scott loses, a fight against Frampton will be out of the window - there's no doubt about that.
"This is a proper, real-life, high risk fight which will cost Scott millions of pounds if he loses, believe me.
"We are taking a very big risk with this one against a seasoned fighter.
"There are not many out there who would have taken this fight with a Frampton clash on the horizon.
"This fella hits really hard, is very strong and exciting and, although it will be tough, I think it is what Scott needs."
Martinez, who has won 32 of his 37 fights, said: "I am not coming over here for a holiday. I am in the shape of my life and I know I can win."