The UK boxing fraternity has reached fever pitch over the past 24 hours following several reports that a deal between super-bantamweight champions Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg has finally been reached.
WBN has been keeping in touch with several sources around the proposed contest, namely Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn and trainer Joe Gallager, Carl Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan, plus both sanctioning bodies over at the IBF and the WBA.
Despite some out of the ballpark articles stating that the fight has already been signed, Frampton v Quigg is looking good for February or March of 2016 and could end up being a massive unification on Sky Sports Box Office.
Here’s what WBN have had confirmed so far:
1. A deal is close – Joe Gallagher
2. The date could be February or March – Joe Gallagher
3. Contracts have not been signed – Eddie Hearn
4. Scott Quigg needs to become ‘super’ champion to have both belts on the line – IBF
5. Contracts have not yet been cleared by the IBF – Jeannette Salazar (IBF)
6. No date has been finalized – IBF
7. The WBA are reviewing whether to make Scott Quigg their ‘super’ champion and put Rigondeaux in recess – IBF / Gilberto Mendoza (WBA VP)
8. Frampton and Quigg both want the fight – Joe Gallagher / Barry McGuigan
9. Sky pay-per-view is the frontrunner to claim UK TV rights (Common sense)
10. Manchester Arena is the only venue being considered – Joe Gallagher
Several keen punters have already snapped up hotels for a rumoured February 27 date at Manchester Arena, which at this point in time has not been rubberstamped or denied by anyone involved in the clash.
An official announcement could be formally made as soon as the situation regarding Quigg’s title status is resolved with the WBA.
All information provided is up to date and correct as of 2.30pm ET / 7.30pm UK time on October 30, 2015.