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Big rivals Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg reach for the sky at last

Jackal ready to rumble in world title unification showdown

By David Kelly

Published 03/11/2015

Title bout: Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg will battle it out
Title bout: Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg will battle it out

It's been four years in the making and both Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg are promising a fight to remember when they clash at the Manchester Arena on February 27.

Indeed, it may not even end there as Belfast would be the venue for a re-match should their blockbuster Sky pay-per-view clash live up to all expectations.

Quigg's promoter Eddie Hearn and Frampton's Cyclone Promotions outfit, headed by CEO Barry McGuigan, have been engaged in negotiations since the summer - almost immediately after the Jackal's successful American debut when he outpointed Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez jnr. On the same July 18 night, Quigg knocked out Kiko Martinez - the man from whom Frampton took his IBF belt.

Now both the IBF and WBA World title belts are on the line in a lucrative showdown which promoter Hearn says will "secure the financial futures of both fighters".

Frampton, who earlier in the year turned down a £1.5m offer from Eddie Hearn, is relishing the opportunity of finally facing Quigg who has repeatedly voiced his belief that he is the number one super-bantamweight in the world.

"I'm delighted that we have finally got this fight signed. 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," said Frampton, who along with Quigg signed on the dotted line live on Sky Sports last night (pictured).

"I've been after this guy for four years, when he was British champion I wanted the fight but it didn't happen."

When Hearn made his audacious £1.5m offer for a summer showdown, the 29-year-old Belfast man dismissed it as "a publicity stunt" and he wasn't backing down from that assertion as he looked ahead to February 27.

"I thought it was a massive publicity stunt, we all know that the fight is worth a lot more money than that. Of course £1.5m is nothing to be sniffed at but I'll make a lot more in this fight now so it just goes to prove that my decision was right," added Frampton, who expects the 'Jackal Army' to make themselves heard in the Manchester Arena.

"I said that I'd fight him anywhere, I know I'll bring a lot of fans - I was at the Paul McCloskey and Amir Khan World title fight and that was great - this will be special.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas
Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Ivan Pierre Aguirre / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Christine Frampton watches the fight Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Ivan Pierre Aguirre / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Ivan Pierre Aguirre / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Belfast born Carl Frampton v Alejandro Gonzalez Jr at the IBF Championship fight in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Conrad Cummings v Oscar Riojas at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Conrad Cummings v Oscar Riojas at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 - Josh Taylor v Archie Weah at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Josh Taylor v Archie Weah at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 -
Josh Taylor v Archie Weah at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 -
Josh Taylor v Archie Weah at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 -
Conrad Cummings v Oscar Riojas at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 -
Conrad Cummings v Oscar Riojas at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015
Josh Taylor v Archie Weah at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Josh Taylor with Shane McGuigan Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Josh Taylor v Archie Weah at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 -
Josh Taylor v Archie Weah at the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 18th July 2015 -
Champion Carl Frampton and Alejandro Gonzalez weigh in for the IBF Championship fight
Champion Carl Frampton and Alejandro Gonzalez weigh in for the IBF Championship fight
Champion Carl Frampton and Alejandro Gonzalez weigh in for the IBF Championship fight
Champion Carl Frampton and Alejandro Gonzalez weigh in for the IBF Championship fight
Carl Frampton weighs in on Friday in preparation for upcoming IBF Championship fight against Alejandro Gonzalez, Jr. in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1t6h July 2015 - Christine Frampton, wife of Carl Frampton during a press conference held in El Paso, Texas at the Don Haskins Center Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th July 2015 - Boxer Carl Frampton spoke to the media during a press conference held at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th July 2015 - Boxer Carl Frampton (cap) spoke to the media during a press conference held at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1t6h July 2015 - Boxer Carl Frampton poses for the media during a press conference held in El Paso, Texas at the Don Haskins Center Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1t6h July 2015 - Boxer Carl Frampton poses for the media during a press conference held in El Paso, Texas at the Don Haskins Center Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th July 2015 - Boxers Carl Frampton (cap), Alejandro Gonzalez, Jr. (right of podium) and their camps spoke to the media during a press conference held at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1t6h July 2015 - Shane McGuigan (left), Barry McGuigan (middle), and Carl Frampton (right, black) during a press conference held in El Paso, Texas at the Don Haskins Center Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th July 2015 - Boxer Carl Frampton spoke to the media during a press conference held at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th July 2015 - Boxer Carl Frampton signs and autograph during a press conference held at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th July 2015 - Boxer Carl Frampton (cap) spoke to the media during a press conference held in El Paso, Texas at the Don Haskins Center Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th July 2015 - Boxer Carl Frampton takes a photo with a fan during a press conference held at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 1t6h July 2015 - Boxer Carl Frampton and his wife, Chistine, pose for a photo El Paso, Texas at the Don Haskins Center Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th July 2015 - Boxer Carl Frampton (left) is pictured addressing media during an open training session in El Paso, Texas befor defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th July 2015 -
Boxer Carl Frampton with trainer Shane McGuigan during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th July 2015 -
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th July 2015 -
Boxer Carl Frampton with trainer Shane McGuigan during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th July 2015 -
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th July 2015 -
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th July 2015 -
Boxer Carl Frampton with trainer Shane McGuigan during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Barry McGuigan speaking to media during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before Carl Frampton defends his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton's gloves are pictured during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Trainer Shane McGuigan speaking to media during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before Carl Frampton defends his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th July 2015 -
Boxer Alejandro Gonzalez Jr during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before looking to take away Carl Frampton's championship on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Alejandro Gonzalez Jr during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before looking to take away Carl Frampton's championship on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Alejandro Gonzalez Jr during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before looking to take away Carl Frampton's championship on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Alejandro Gonzalez Jr during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before looking to take away Carl Frampton's championship on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Alejandro Gonzalez Jr during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before looking to take away Carl Frampton's championship on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton with trainer Shane McGuigan during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Barry McGuigan (blue) during an open training session with Carl Frampton in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye
Boxer Carl Frampton with trainer Shane McGuigan during an open training session in El Paso, Texas before defending his IBF World title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on Saturday evening. Picture by Jorge Salgado / Press Eye

"I think Scott is a good fighter and I think he has improved and he's a big puncher, a dangerous puncher but I'll do whatever it takes to win."

Quigg laid down his own marker immediately. "I respect every fighter, no dislike to Carl but on February 27 I'm out to take his head off," said Quigg.

"It's been a long time coming, it's the fight I wanted for a long time and I couldn't be more happier When you have a fight of this magnitude you know that negotiations are going to be tough... I just can't wait."

Despite Frampton being the bigger box office attraction by some margin, Quigg has effectively been handed home advantage but that is no concern for the Belfast man's manager, former world champion Barry McGuigan who at the signing of the fight said: "It makes no difference because a ring is a ring."

McGuigan added: "It will be a momentous occasion for British and Irish boxing.

"This is the fight the fans have craved and the one we have wanted all along. The atmosphere will no doubt be electric, but there is only going to be one winner on February 27, Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton."

Hearn could not hide his delight at making the fight happen.

"It would have been easy to give up when at 1am in the morning you're doing the 17th draft of the contract but we have an obligation to the fans... and February 27 is a night that will secure their financial futures for the rest of their lives.

"This is a huge fight not just here but in world boxing… I remember when Paul McCloskey fought Amir Khan and the atmosphere was great that night - this is on another level and so many opinions are divided on the outcome."

Meanwhile, Hearn also confirmed that unbeaten Belfast man Ryan Burnett will face Jason Booth for the vacant British bantamweight title at the Manchester Arena on November 21.

"Jason Booth is the most experienced and successful pro I have fought yet," said Burnett. "I know that the better the opponent the better I am."

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