Legendary promoter and manager Barney Eastwood says Carl Frampton could live to regret not accepting Eddie Hearn’s £1.5 million offer.
Matchroom chief Hearn has offered IBF World champion Frampton that huge amount of cash, or a 60/40 split to the winner to face WBA champ Scott Quigg in Manchester on July 18.
So far Frampton and his team at Cyclone Promotions have yet to come to an agreement with Hearn.
And Eastwood - who led Barry McGuigan and Dave ‘Boy’ McAuley among others to World titles - believes they should accept the offer.
“£1.5 million is about $2.25 million. Where else are they going to get money like that? What are they waiting for?
“It is a fantastic offer and a huge amount of money for a fighter in his division.
“I can’t think of any other super-bantamweight from here or Europe past or present getting an offer like that. And both offers are acceptable.
“Look, if for whatever reason the fight is not made, Carl will regret it. If the Quigg fight is off, he will not get that kind of money in his next fight.
“He will get a third, fourth, a fifth, or even less of the money he would get from this fight and he will not be happy.
“It will be hard for him to lift himself and they should go for this fight while it is there.
“I think he beats Quigg - but if the fight is close and competitive and the television people, sponsors and everyone likes it, they could do it again for more money.
“Carl Froch versus George Groves is an example of what can happen,” he added.
And Eastwood says the Tigers Bay fighter has the chance of becoming a very wealthy young man.
“He has the potential to earn more money than anyone who has come before him. He is 28-years old now and at his peak physically. The next six to eight fights is when he should earn huge money.
“As a fighter he ticks all the boxes and he has the ability to go to the very top, but I would sort out this fight with Quigg.
“All he has to do is train, turn-up and deliver,“ he added.
And Eastwood says he has been impressed with Frampton in his recent fights.
“Carl is a natural fighter. He was born with natural ability and you can’t teach that.
“His footwork is very good, his body and head movement are very good and he can fight on the inside and at distance.
“As a fighter he ticks all of, our most of the boxes. In his next few fights he will gain more experience and I believe he will reach the very top level.
“I watched his fight against Chris Avalos and he looks cool, calm and collected. He has the right attitude and temperament and that makes him the fighter he is.”