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Hearn: Frampton-Quigg must take place in Manchester

Matchroom head honcho, and Scott Quigg’s promoter, Eddie Hearn has reiterated the need for the super bantamweight super fight between his charge and Carl Frampton to be in the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena.

Frampton and his team, as champion, have shown reservations about having the fight in the Manchester, as challenger Quigg hails from the nearby suburb of Bury.

Hearn on the other hand believes that the arena is the only financially viable option as London’s O2 Arena being fully booked until May and all other Arena’s in Britain having only half the capacity of the Manchester Arena.

Outlining his thoughts to IFL TV, Hearn claimed that “I believe the fight gets made in the next couple of weeks.”

Nevertheless, the negotiations are not without their problems, with the Englishman explaining that “We just have got to overcome the venue.”

“I’ll tell you the problem. They want it in a neutral venue, but the problem is by having it in a neutral venue you’re probably taking £250,000 minimum each off the fighters.”

Hearn claims that the Manchester Arena can be made to be a neutral venue, noting that “my fighter [Quigg], quite rightly so, and myself, are turning around saying we can split it [Manchester Arena] in half, have 10,000 Irish, 10,000 Brits/Quigg fans and bang – neutral venue effectively.”

Hearn however did concede that “I guess it’s being in Manchester fight week [that is the stumbling block].”

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