In an official statement from their Springfield, New Jersey offices on Monday, the International Boxing Federation have announced their final approval of the unification at 122 pounds.
Along with their blessing, the IBF have also stipulated that the winner of Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg must face their mandatory challenger within three months.
This comes just a short time after the WBA stated that the new two-belt title holder is also expected to fight ‘champion in recess’ Guillermo Rigondeaux by May 2016.
Is seems whoever eventually does have their hands raised in Manchester next year will already have a mandatory headache to address.
Today’s release handed to WBN reads as follows:
“The IBF has granted formal sanction approval for the IBF/WBA Jr. Featherweight Championship Unification fight between IBF Jr. Featherweight Champion Carl Frampton and WBA Jr. Featherweight Champion Scott Quigg. The bout is scheduled for February 27, 2016 at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester, England.
“This bout was approved with the condition that the winner must do the IBF mandatory within 90 days of the Frampton vs. Quigg fight.”
Currently, Japan’s Shingo Wake holds the top spot with the IBF at super bantamweight having been in prime position to challenge Frampton prior to the agreement with Quigg.
Wake, 28, defeated Thailand’s Mike Tawatchai on points back in June to place himself of the verge of a first career world title shot.