Carl Frampton hopes to return against Scott Quigg in 2016

Frampton targets early 2016 for Quigg fight

IBF super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton says he will not fight again in 2015 with his focus on a showdown against Scott Quigg early next year.

There was speculation that the Belfast man would be in pre-Christmas action but Frampton is delaying his return.

Negotiations have re-opened for a fight with WBA title-holder Quigg although financial and venue issues remain.

"I'm confident and optimistic that the fight can be made - whatever it takes, I'm ready," said Frampton.

Frampton secured a points win over Alejandro Gonzalez in his last title defence in July while Bury boxer Quigg defeated Kiko Martinez in the same month.

"It's the fight which whets my appetite the most," added Frampton.

"I would be happy to fight him anywhere but is it fair for the champion to travel to Manchester to fight the challenger? I don't think it is.

"I'm happy to go somewhere neutral, maybe London or Birmingham.

"I don't think we are going to push for Belfast because I don't think he would come here."