Barry McGuigan is sure the mega-fight between Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg is very close to being signed.
Cyclone Promotions CEO McGuigan - who was in Belfast this week to promote a show at the Waterfront Hall on November 20 - believes IBF World Champion Frampton and WBA belt holder Quigg will fight each other in the coming months.
“I’m not going to set a date, but its been ongoing for a very long time now, but what I will say is that we are probably at the best stage it has ever been.
And the former WBA World champion says ‘The Jackal’ could return to fight in Belfast.
“I also don’t think Carl is too big for Belfast. We have all got to remember that Belfast has some incredible outdoor arenas, such as Windsor Park and Ravenhill.
“These are fantastic venues, but we would kind of have to tilt it towards summer shows.
“That’s not to say that we can’t take him to the Odyssey, but we can’t expect the calibre of a Scott Quigg fight in that arena.
“It just doesn’t make financial sense, but let’s not discount it, the Odyssey has been “The Jackal’s Den” if you like, and I’m sure we’ll box there in the future, just for the right fight,” he added.
And Quigg also seems confident that the fight can be finally made after months of frustration and disappointments.
“It’s the fight we all want, it’s the fight everybody wants to see and it’s the closest it’s ever been to being made.
“I’m always in the gym, I live in the gym so this is no change for me. I’ve just got to keep focused, keep learning, keep improving and hopefully that green light will get pressed and it’s the fight that everyone wants to see.
“With a fight like this, negotiations are always going to be difficult, even to the smaller things, but it’s the furthest it’s ever been.
“The venues are being talked about - Manchester towards the end of February, so the dates are being set. We’re nearly there.”
And Quigg feels the time is now right for them to put their unbeaten records on the line.
“This has been building since I was British champion and he was Commonwealth champion so it’s been building and brewing for a long time.
“This is the time now, we’re both undefeated. I don’t think there is any better timing and everybody wants to see it.
“It’s the biggest fight in British boxing alongside Kell Brook and Amir Khan.”