by David Pye

BURY world champion boxer Scott Quigg will face Northern Irishman Carl Frampton for the IBF and WBA World Super-Bantamweight titles at the Manchester Arena in the new year.

The eagerly anticipated showdown between the unbeaten British rivals was confirmed today and is sure to create huge interest and pack out Manchester’s Arena on February 27.

Belfast favourite Frampton took the IBF crown from Kiko Martinez last September and has defended the title twice this year, stopping Chris Avalos in Belfast in February before an exciting debut on US soil in May where he climbed off the canvas twice in the opening round to defeat Alejandro Gonzalez Jr.

Bury ace Quigg’s reign as WBA champion began in October 2013 and the 27-year-old has racked up five successful defences in that time, stopping Martinez in his last outing in Manchester in July in a stunning display.

“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.”

“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.”

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