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Quigg: I don’t sell tickets, so why is Frampton afraid to come to Manchester?

Scott Quigg has weighed in on the venue issue that is stalling the mega fight with IBF super bantamweight champion. Recently negotiations have hit a bump with Frampton and Cyclone Promtotions wishing to have the bout in a neutral venue whilst Quigg and Matchroom Promotions are pushing for the Manchester Arena.

Frampton and his team, as champion do not wish to grant the challenger home advantage, while Quigg and co. point to how the 21,000-seater arena is the largest available.

At the press conference for Saturday’s massive Matchroom show in Birmingham, Quigg spoke to IFL TV and echoed the sentiments of promoter Eddie Hearn and coach Joe Gallagher.

On whether the fight can be made soon, an optimistic Quigg reasoned “hopefully, it’s the fight I want. It’s the fight everybody wants to see”

“It’s the best it’s ever been going in the talks, we’re making progress.”

“Hopefully in the next week, two weeks, there’s gonna be some good news.”

“At the end of the day, we want to get the biggest arena. Manchester is the biggest arena, it’s 21,000, it’s the biggest arena in Europe. It makes sense.”

“This is the place where it’s got to be. We’ll split the arena up, 10,000 and 10,000, it’s gonna be neutral.”

Quigg then went further and sarcastically goaded his rival, declaring that “they’re on about home advantage, the thing is, I don’t sell tickets apparently!”

“So I don’t know what he’s worried about coming to Manchester for, because any boxing fans who come are gonna be neutrals or whoever he brings because I don’t sell tickets”

“It was never a problem, he’s done many interviews before where he’s said he’s willing to come to Manchester. ”

The 27 year old, who hails from the nearby suburb of Bury, continued, “It’s the best arena, it’s the biggest arena. It’s not that I want it because it’s closer to home – I’m 15/20 minutes down the road- but because it’s the best arena, it holds the most.”

“You go back, all the best fights happen here.”

“Hopefully the fight can be made. It’s the fight I want and a fight I one million percent believe I can win”

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