Bury’s Scott Quigg and Northern Ireland’s Carl Frampton’s eagerly anticipated unification fight has been confirmed, and it will take place in Manchester. The pair recently signed a contract on live television confirming that the fight will happen on the 27th of February next year. The encounter will see the undefeated Frampton put his IBF super-bantamweight title on the line whilst Quigg will defend his WBA world crown.
The pair have baited each other for years with only financial and venue issues scuppering negotiations in the past. The confirmation of the fight ends months of wrangling surrounding the super-bantamweight battle, but who will finally prove to be the best domestic fighter at 122lbs?
28-year-old Frampton from Belfast has stated, “I’m going to his back yard and I’m going to defend my title, because that’s what champions do. On February the 27th the fans will find out who the real champion is”. Frampton claimed the IBF crown from Kiko Martinez in stunning fashion in September of 2014 and has defended his title twice since, stopping Chris Avalos in Belfast before outscoring Alejandro Gonzalez Jr within his first clash in the United States. Frampton has agreed to come to Quigg’s hometown for the biggest night of his career to date.
Quigg has made five successful defences of his title since claiming the WBA belt in October of 2013, however for most of his reign he was the WBA’s secondary champion, with Cuban fighter Guillermo Rigondeaux being the so-called ‘super’ champion until being stripped this week for inactivity.
It was this anomaly that enabled Frampton to claim that he was the ‘legitimate’ champion and to subsequently become the senior partner in negotiations. Quigg has remarked, “I’ve finally got the fight I’ve wanted for so long. 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”.
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