Hearn: Once in a lifetime Frampton v Quigg bout has to be made

EDDIE Hearn says venue won’t be a stumbling block in negotiations to make Carl Frampton versus Scott Quigg.

Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn admits talks are well under way and is hopeful the mega fight between the IBF World Champion and WBA regular title holder will take place in the Summer.

Belfast, Manchester and London have been mentioned as possible venue’s and Hearns insists he will go to the City that makes the most sense.

“I don’t care where the fight takes place. You can have it in Belfast, Manchester or London. The best place to have it, is where is makes the most money. People tweet me and say ‘It’s just about the money for you’ but I am representing my fighter and the fighter gets the money.

“I don’t get the money. I work for the fighter and of course if the fighter does well then I do. But my job as a manager is to maximise the earnings of Scott Quigg.

“And that is why Cyclone do it. Don’t be fooled about ‘it’s for the good of boxing’. Of course that is important but we have to make this fight for the fans,” said Hearn.

TV broadcaster might prove an issue as Cyclone are keen to have the bout on ITV, while Hearn has a Sky Sports link up. However, Hearn is adamant both parties have to do what they can to ensure the eagerly anticipated and potentially lucrative clash is made.

“But we also have to make sure when a fight of this magnitude arrives – maybe once in their lifetime, or their career. They are both so lucky because they have two World champions in the same weight division. And both are from Britain. It is a great opportunity for both of them – so we have to make it happen for them.

“Let them have a chance to set themselves and their families up for life. But to do that you have to maximise all revenues – so let us look at the venue.

“Can we do 30 or 40 thousand outdoors in Belfast? If we can only do 20 or 25 thousand we have to go indoors, because the cost of staging an event outdoors does not make sense.

“We could do the MEN in Manchester, but Carl would bring seven thousand to the show, or do it in London.  don’t mind where is takes place. I know that Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton do-not care where the fight takes place but we all have to make the right business decision in terms of where the fight takes place.


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