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Frampton-Quigg set for England early next year

We’re finally getting somewhere.

Team Frampton have given some indications about the ongoing negotiations about the date and venue of the elusive Quigg-Frampton super-fight.

Speaking to BBC Sport NI, Frampton revealed that “I don’t think it’ll happen this year, probably early next year.”

This, presumably, would mean that Cyclone will not be electing to face mandatory challenger Shingo Wake this Winter.

On venue, ‘The Jackal’ ruefully ruled out his beloved home city noting that “Belfast is probably out of the equation.”

“We’re looking to fight at the beginning of next year, Belfast would be an option potentially if we left it to the Summer because we could do it outdoor, but there’s not an arena big enough to do it indoor at that time of year [early 2016].”

“I don’t even think we’re gonna push for Belfast because I don’t think he would come to Belfast, he just wouldn’t come.”

Sad to say, but I’ll just bring half of Belfast with me

Frampton however feels he should not be forced to travel to Manchester, confirming Eddie Hearn’s earlier claims. The IBF champion reasoned that “to be honest I’d fight him anywhere, but is it fair for me the champion to travel to Manchester to face the challenger? I don’t think it is.”

Proposing alternate venues, Frampton mused that “I’m happy to go somewhere neutral, maybe London, Birmingham has a big arena also.”

“At the end of the day it doesn’t matter to me, a ring is a ring, it’s only gonna be me and Scott Quigg in there.”

Again, reading between the lines of both Hearn and Frampton’s comments, Frampton-Quigg is looking increasingly likely for either Birmingham or London in January or February.

Better start writing those letters to Santa

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie