Carl Frampton has been set a deadline of two weeks to agree to a domestic showdown with super-bantamweight rival Scott Quigg.
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WBA champion Quigg revealed earlier this month that negotiations had started between the two parties, but there are several aspects of the fight that are causing issues in talks.
Amongst them is where the fight will be held as Belfast, Manchester and London have all been identified as potential venues, while the television rights are also understood to be a stumbling block.
Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn is likely to be pushing for a pay-per-view bout on Sky Sports Box Office, with both fighters expected to make in the region of £1.5m if the bout is shown on Sky.
However, with Frampton making his ITV debut earlier this month in his win over Chris Avalos, the terrestrial channel will need to get significant backing to be able to compete.
Meanwhile, Quigg is expected to start full training at the start of April after successfully recovering from hand surgery, which in turn will see him available to return to the ring in May or June.
The 26-year-old’s trainer, Joe Gallagher, has insisted that he will be out at that time and whether or not it is Frampton in the opposite corner is up to them.
“Scott Quigg is fighting in May or June. If it’s Carl Frampton in the opposite corner, it is. If not, it will be someone else,” Gallagher said, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.
“We need to make a decision in the next two weeks. Scott will go into training at the beginning of April so needs to know who his opponent is.
“If it doesn’t happen, it’s not the fault of Scott.”
Both parties have insisted that this is the perfect time to get the fight made, but it remains to be seen whether or not it actually comes to fruition.