Top promoter Bob Arum has revealed that he wants to stage Carl Frampton's showdown with WBO super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring in Belfast's SSE Arena.
While Arum is making plans for Frampton to face Herring in Las Vegas behind closed doors - if the American retains his WBO world super-featherweight title this weekend at the MGM Grand in Sin City - he wants to stage the fight in Belfast.
Frampton ticked over ahead of his clash with Herring last weekend with a stoppage of Scotland's Darren Traynor and is now waiting to see when and where he will bid to become a three-weight champion. Current coronavirus restrictions suggest he will have to head Stateside but if the local government can facilitate fans indoors then Arum is ready to come to Belfast.
"It's all about the fans - if they allow fans into the arena, and it doesn't have to be a huge number, then we could bring the fight to Belfast. That's where we would like it," said Arum.
"You could have a couple of thousand fans with the right distance apart, tickets would be more expensive obviously and you could put on food and drink and that would make it possible. At the moment we have Tyson Fury lined up to face Deontay Wilder in their third fight at the new 80,000 NFL arena in Vegas in December with 10,000 fans planned for that event, so it can work.
"Herring is happy to go to Belfast or England and as far as I'm concerned a ring is a ring and if the away fighter wants neutral judges, that's not a problem. It's all about looking at the production costs, the numbers have to add up."
Top Rank boss Arum, watching on ESPN in the States, was delighted with the performance of both Frampton and Michael Conlan last weekend in the York Hall when both men enjoyed stoppage victories over Traynor and Frenchman Sofiane Takoucht respectively.
"Carl had been out for a while and he started slow but then got going and the way he got the finish was great… he looked like he busted the guy's ribs with those body shots," added Arum.
"Michael also did a very good job, I thought he looked marvellous and what I really loved was just how very, very aggressive he was.
"He got points taken away for low blows but those shots were on the belt line. It didn't matter because he was still able to take the guy out and now we have to figure out how he will fight for a world title.
"With the backing of ESPN we have the financial resources which mean we can bring who we want to the table. We'll look at the 122lb division (super-bantamweight) and pick the right guy."
Arum also explained that due to the current pandemic, boxers in the States and those being shown on ESPN and ESPN+ have been handed a golden opportunity to further their careers.
"We've just done 15 events in two months and that's what we normally do in six months and from now until the end of the year we will be doing a show every Saturday because the college football in the States is not happening as normal so ESPN have slots to fill and boxing has been given the chance to fill them. It's a huge opportunity for fighters," said Arum.
"The numbers we are getting for the fights have been very good and I know that BT Sport had great numbers for Carl and Mick's fights. It shows you the popularity of the guys."