By Elliot Foster [@freelancefoz
Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg will finally meet in a long-awaited showdown in the new year.
The pair will square-off at the Manchester Arena, live and exclusive on Sky Sports Box Office.
Frampton and Quigg, who each campaign at super bantamweight, are set to challenge one-another on February 27 in a unification clash for Quigg’s WBA Super title and Frampton’s IBF belt.
Bury ace Quigg, whose most recent outing was a career-best showing against former Frampton foe Kiko Martinez in the summer holds a record of 31 wins and two draws, with 23 easy finishes.
Belfast’s Frampton, meanwhile, has won all 21 of his contests –– with 14 knockouts –– but struggled last time out to a Stateside victory over Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. in a fight in which he was down twice.
The negotiations for a fight between the pair were concluded over the weekend after Quigg was made Super champion by the World Boxing Association. The elevation from regular champ was made after Guillermo Rigondeaux was named champion in recess by the Panama-based organisation.
Both fighters and their promoters expressed their delight at setting up what promises to be the fight of the year.
“I’m delighted that we have finally got this fight signed,” said Frampton. “This is the fight everyone has wanted for years, none more so than myself. I’m the legitimate champion and I’m going to his backyard to defend my title because that’s what champions do. On February 27 the fans will find out who the real champion is, I’m going to win this fight in style.”
“I’ve finally got the fight I’ve wanted for so long,” said Quigg. “February 27 will be the best night of my life. I’ve dedicated my life to this sport and I have never been more confident going into a fight, I know I will beat him in every department. This is a great fight for the sport and I’m delighted to bring it to Manchester and unify the division.”
“I am very pleased that we have managed to get this fight made,” said Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan. “It will be a momentous occasion for British and Irish boxing. This is the fight the fans have craved and the one we have wanted all along. The atmosphere will no doubt be electric, but there is only going to be one winner on February 27, Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton!”
“Yes! All I can say is yes – get in!” said Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn. “This is been hard work but worth every second. I want to thank everyone involved for their desire in making this fight happen and now we have an event that will go down in the history of the sport. Two World champions, two fantastic fighters collide at the Manchester Arena. Can you even imagine the atmosphere, the tension, the drama? This is what it’s all about, roll on fight night! Scott Quigg has all the momentum going into the fight and will be crowned unified World champion on February 27.”
Information on ticket on-sale dates and the undercard will be revealed in a UK press tour that will begin later in November.