Barry McGuigan says that the summer clash between Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg did not happen because Quigg’s team would not agree on a 60-40 purse split in favour of Frampton.
McGuigan - IBF World Champion Frampton’s manager - told BBC Sport.
“It’s sad for the fans because we wanted it to happen.
“Carl was willing to travel to England to put his title on the line, and when the champion does that he normally gets the majority of the purse.
“Carl is a valid champion. Scott Quigg is the WBA’s ‘regular’ champion, not the real champion, which is Guillermo Rigondeaux.
“Carl has drawn crowds of 16,000 in Belfast. I don’t want to be rude to Scott Quigg, but he’s never headlined a show.
“We wanted a minimum of 60-40, not the winner takes 60-40 [as Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn is on record as offering], because that’s unfair on the fighters.”
Hearn has earlier this month appeared on Sky Sports brandishing a £1.5m cheque, which he promised Frampton if he took the unification fight.
McGuigan added: “It was going along fine and then Eddie Hearn said: ‘We’re going to make you an offer.’
“He did it because he’s bullish, he’s cocky and he thinks he has control of everything, but he hasn’t.
“They weren’t willing to play ball. Sorry, but that’s just the way it is.
“We’re well on the way to getting another opponent,” added the former WBA Featherweight World champion.