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Joe Gallagher sets deadline for Carl Frampton to fight Scott Quigg

Scott Quigg’s trainer Joe Gallagher has issued a deadline to Carl Frampton to agree to fight his charge. The 46 year old wants ‘The Jackal’ to take or leave the fight in the coming days so he can begin preparations with Quigg.

Gallagher, who had his first World title win at the weekend with Liam Smith, also argued that the fight must take place in the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena.

Gallagher exclusively revealed to World Boxing News that “talks are ongoing and it’s very close to being done. It’s just sorting the venue out now.”

Regarding time frame, Gallagher noted that “there’s talk of February or March next year. I think it would be great on the St. Patricks Day weekend in March or something like that.”

The major stumbling block however is venue, with Gallagher explaining that “we just need to agree a venue, but I think the only people holding the right venue are Manchester Arena – and that is available.”

Indeed, the trainer points to Frampton’s previous willingness to fight at Europe’s largest indoor arena, which is in close proximity to Scott Quigg’s hometown of Bury. Gallagher argued that “Carl has gone on record and on TV saying they would fight there, but when it comes to sitting around the table they say they won’t go there.”

“It alright saying one thing, but then you’re going behind closed doors saying another.”

“We’ve got a 20,000 venue so cut it in half,” before adding, tongue-in-cheek, that “obviously we don’t sell tickets according to them so they’ll have three quarters of the arena, according to them.”

“If it doesn’t get done now it will never get done.”

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