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Carl Frampton fighting it out for top boxing award in London

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton and his trainer Shane McGuigan have been nominated for major prizes at the annual British Boxing Board of Control Awards in London on Friday night.

Frampton faces fierce competition for the Boxer of the Year accolade.

Belfast's IBF super bantamweight champion will be up against Scott Quigg - a world title clash between the pair has been in the pipeline for months - Amir Khan, Kell Brook, James DeGale, Lee Selby and Jamie McDonnell.

McGuigan - son of boxing legend Barry who manages Frampton - has been nominated for Trainer of the Year.

He goes up against Adam Booth, Tony Sims, Tony Borg, Joe Gallagher, Dominic Ingle, David Coldwell and Jim McDonnell.

Up for Contest of the Year are Billy Joe Saunders-Chris Eubank Jnr, Frank Buglioni-Lee Markham, Derry Mathews-Tony Luis, Jorge Linares-Kevin Mitchell and Dave Ryan-John Wayne Hibbert.

Nominations for the Overseas Boxer of Year are Carson Jones, Zolani Tete, Jorge Linares and Sergey Khomitsky.

British Boxing Board of Control General Secretary Robert Smith was delighted to announce that the event - at the Novotel in Hammersmith - has completely sold out following a triumphant year for the sport.

A showdown between Frampton and Quigg could be on the verge of being confirmed for February, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

Hearn will meet with Frampton's representatives this week in order to try to finalise plans.

"The McGuigans are now telling me that they want to get it done so I honestly believe that the Frampton fight will be made," said Hearn, who - with Quigg hailing from nearby Bury - would prefer Manchester as the venue.

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