Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn is confident the Scott Quigg versus Carl Frampton fight can be made ‘within the next two weeks.’
The two super-bantamweight s are both keen to meet in the ring to and prove who is the best.
Talks between the two camps have stalled since the summer but Hearn is now confident an announcement is not far away.
“If I had to make a call, I believe this fight gets made in the next couple of weeks. We’re that close now. There’s been a lot of talk about a neutral venue.
“The problem is that we’re talking about doing the show in January or February and there are two shows in the country of maximum size - The O2 and the Manchester Arena. The O2 isn’t available and Carl Frampton doesn’t want to come to Manchester.
“We’re looking at Birmingham, Glasgow and Sheffield but they’re 11,000. Manchester is 21,000 and it’s difficult to ignore the revenues that can be created through that arena. It’s also difficult to persuade Quigg to fight where there’s less money.
“I’m saying to Frampton and his team that we can cut the Manchester Arena in half - Team Frampton on one side and Team Quigg on the other side. 10,000 and 10,000. So he wouldn’t really be away from home.
“This doesn’t feel like a Birmingham fight or a Glasgow fight. It feels like a Belfast fight or a Manchester fight and as it’s in February, we can’t go to Belfast. I believe Frampton could even fly in Friday morning for the weigh-in.
“We’ve given up on a lot of things, conceded many things. Now I need them to concede a few because if they do, this fight will get made like that. I think it will be made in the next couple of weeks.”