It's official, folks. Carl Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs) will be taking on Scott Quigg (31-0-1, 23 KOs) in a title unification fight at 122lbs on Feb. 27th at Manchester Arena. Frampton will be putting his IBF world title on the line while Quigg will put up his version of the WBA title. This long awaited fight should be a huge event in the UK.
The two sides have had long and arduous negotiations for the past couple of years with the fight never materializing, but now it's a reality. In fact, both men appeared on Sky Sports News HQ to sign the deal live on television. Frampton and Quigg will embark on a three-city press tour to build up the fight.
"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."
Scott Quigg is also eagerly awaiting the fight he's long been hoping for:
"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."
Carl Frampton is most recently coming of a unanimous decision win over Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. this past July on PBC whereas Quigg stopped Kiko Martinez in two rounds in the same month.
Eddie Hearn, who promotes Quigg, has been talking about these negotiations for quite some time now, and he's obviously enthusiastic that they've finally reached a deal to make one of the biggest fights to be made in the UK.
"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."
Now that the fight is signed and sealed, who ya got in this one?