Fans in the United States won't have to go out of their way to watch the big February 27 clash between super bantamweight titleholders Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg, as Showtime has picked up the fight, which will air live that afternoon from the Manchester Arena in England.
Frampton (21-0, 14 KO) will be putting his IBF title up against the WBA belt of Quigg (31-0-2, 23 KO) in a fight that is highly-anticipated not just in the United Kingdom, but for fight fans around the world. Outside of Guillermo Rigondeaux, these are the two best super bantamweights in the sport today, and one could easily argue that this fight is a much better action matchup than either man against Rigondeaux would be, too.
"I am thrilled to be boxing on Showtime and defending my world title in front of such a large television audience in the United States," said Frampton. "Showtime is the home of huge global boxing events and I am delighted that my team have ensured I will box on such a terrific platform. I enjoyed fighting on sister network CBS last July and I want to continue to build my fan base in the United States. Roll on February 27th in Manchester, where I will comprehensively beat Scott Quigg."
"It's brilliant that the American fans will get to see this brilliant fight," said Quigg. "I've always wanted to box in a massive fight in the U.S., and I believe that when I beat Carl in style on February 27 in front of a sold-out crowd live on Showtime, I'll gain plenty of fans in the States."
The fight will air on Sky Box Office pay-per-view in the United Kingdom.