Reigning IBF super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton is being tipped to finally fight Englishman Scott Quigg in early spring – although the choice of venue is yet to be confirmed.
There had been some talk of the pair potentially squeezing the bout in before Christmas, but with negotiations between the two teams dragging on longer than expected, it seems that February 27th is a more realistic date.
The main bone of contention seems to centre around the potential location of any fight between the pair – Frampton is keen to fight in Belfast while Quigg would ideally want to secure a home-town fight in Manchester – and with both fighters putting their hard-won titles on the line, neither is keen to surrender home advantage.
The end result may well be a fight in a neutral city, with both Birmingham and London being touted as viable options – and with suitable venues in both locations, fans can be assured of a huge and passionate crowd regardless of where the bout ends up taking place.
Both fighters last fought in July and they each secured impressive victories – Frampton comfortably beat Alejandro Gonzalez on points whilst Quigg stopped Kiko Martinez in the second round of their fight – and so the logical next step was to see the pair square up against each other to potentially unify the division.
Quigg was especially impressive in retaining his title against the powerful Spaniard – and Frampton is licking his lips at the prospect of silencing the doubters to prove that he is the No 1 domestic fighter in his weight-class.
The boxing community are undecided as to which way that this fight would go, but with live round-by-round odds and round-by-round commentary available via online gambling sites such as Betway, interested parties can remain on the inside track and up-to-speed with the latest incidents and developments.
Many see Quigg’s victory over Martinez as a sign that he is building momentum at the just the right time to snatch Frampton’s IBF title – but it would be a brave man who bets against a fighter who is undefeated in 21 bouts (including fourteen knock-outs) and who has the pull to command a reported £2m payday for his next showdown.
Boxing fans will be keen to know when the fight has officially been confirmed, and whilst Frampton’s manager, Barry McGuigan, has stated that he is “working very hard” to get this deal across the line, promoter Eddie Hearn insists this eagerly-anticipated world title clash is not yet a done deal.
One thing for certain however is that either Quigg or Frampton will surrender their unbeaten record when the action finally gets underway – and once confirmed, the fight is virtually guaranteed to be an absolute cracker.