Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg: Unification official for February 27

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Carl Frampton will battle UK rival Scott Quigg in a two-battle super bantamweight clash on February 27 at Manchester Arena, it was officially announced on Monday.

The pair, who hold the IBF and WBA versions respectively, will collide in a huge blockbuster after both sides reached an amicable agreement.

Talks have been pain-staking between representatives of Cyclone and Matchroom Promotions, although Quigg’s clearance to defend his WBA title is thought to have sealed the deal on Friday.

Quigg would have been unable to put his title up in a unification as Guillermo Rigondeaux was above him as ‘super’ champion until the WBA resolved the situation by dropping the Cuban to ‘Champion in recess’ following a spell of inactivity.

Frampton will now be allowed to face Quigg in a winner take all as the IBF only recognised the top champion in each division. The WBA’s decision was holding up the confirmation after everything else was agreed between Eddie Hearn and Barry McGuigan last week.

Fans can now look forward to two of the best British fighters locking horns in early 2016 in a contest that is over two years in the making.

A huge undercard featuring plenty of Irish talent from the Cyclone stable and some of Matchroom’s finest is expected to accompany what is certain to be one of the hottest fights on UK soil in the New Year.