Frampton v Quigg to become second biggest selling fight in SMG Europe history

Posted on 22 Feb 2016

Saturday’s highly-anticipated clash between Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg is set to become SMG Europe’s second ever biggest selling fight.

The 19,500 plus capacity fight at Manchester Arena sold out within minutes of going on sale last November, just a handful short of the venue record held by Mike Tyson for his 2000 clash with Julius Francis (19,791 tickets).

Saturday’s fight has sold more tickets than previous Manchester Arena epic encounters including 2013’s Carl Froch vs George Groves, 2012’s Ricky Hatton vs Vyacheslav Senchenko, 2010’s David Haye vs Audley Harrison and 1996’s Prince Naseem Hamed vs Remigio Molina.

The achievement is especially poignant for local boxer Scott Quigg. The current WBA champion said: “I’ve watched all the greats box at Manchester Arena over the years and now, to go down in history as the second biggest selling fight, after Mike Tyson, at my hometown arena is the stuff of dreams”.

James Allen, General Manager for Manchester Arena, said: “We came very close to the record but, due to the demand on Sky to screen the sold out fight live on TV, we had to leave extra room to accommodate their cameras. However, there’s no disputing this is a momentous achievement for both fighters and also for the city of Manchester, as it cements its reputation as the home of UK boxing”.

SMG Europe has now sold over 500,000 boxing tickets across its UK venues since the first fight in Manchester in 1996, between Prince Naseem and Remigio Molina.