EDDIE Hearn is hoping to play Santa Claus and deliver an early Christmas present to Irish and British fight fans.
The Matchroom boss hopes to make a massive Carl Frampton versus Scott Quigg bout in December.
The Belfast star and his Bury counterpart have been linked that long it has developed into somewhat of a ‘will they won’t they’ of saga. Both fighters want the fight and have eluded to as much over the years, but the timing, contract issues and indeed a Quigg refusal have put paid to it happening so far.
However, Hearn claims that making it now is ‘straight forward’ and he outlined his hopes for a December unification bout in Manchester.
Cyclone Promotions puncher Frampton first has a massive world title fight with Kiko Martinez to look forward to and will concentrate on that for the time being. However, Team Quigg would be keen for answer sooner rather than later as they would more than likely avoid a clash with Leo Santa Cruz to preserve a Frampton pay day.
“After speaking to the McGuigans hopefully Frampton can beat Kiko Martinez and Quigg can make a defence in September and then get it on just before the end of the year,” Hearn told Boxingsecene.
“There is a huge appetite from both sides for the fight, but Frampton has to beat Martinez in September, which we think and hope he will.And Scot Quigg has to beat Leo Santa Cruz or whoever we put in front of him. We are trying to make the Leo Santa Cruz fight for Quigg, which we are more than happy to do in America but we don’t seem to be making much movement with Golden Boy.”
One stumbling block for Cyclone Promotions would be the rematch clause Hearn is insistent on. the Matchroom boss wants a return in Belfast in the Summer of 2015. Team Frampton would like to beat Quigg and try to conquer America. There are also rumours they believe the bout could be so one sided in ‘The Jackal’s’ favour, that there might not be an appetite for a rematch.
Hearn, however is determined to secure a two fight deal.
“My idea would be, because the fight is so big, to do the first fight in Manchester in December with the two belts on the line. We will do a two fight deal with the second fight happening outdoors in Belfast in the Summer of 2015. regardless of the result in the first fight,” he added.
“If Frampton wins a world title this could be a SKY box office Pay Per View fight. Or if the first fight is a great fight the second one could be.The earning potential for both men is huge. A 50-50 split if Frampton has his belt for the first fight and then a bigger split for the champion in the second one. It is pretty straight forward.”