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Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg - Belfast date of press tour announced and ticket sales

Tickets go on sale November 20

By Claire Williamson

Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg will be in Belfast next week as they begin the press tour for the long awaited world title unification clash.

Both camps had been locked in talks about the showdown between Belfast's Frampton who is the IBF super bantamweight champion and England's Quigg the WBA's regular super bantamweight champion.

The live announcement at the beginning of November on Sky Sports finally confirmed that the showdown will take place in the Manchester Arena on February 27 2016.

Anticipation had reached fever pitch after 'The Jackal' successfully defended his IBF super bantamweight title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr in Texas in July while Quigg stopped Kiko Martinez to retain the WBA version of the crown in Manchester on the same night.

The press tour for the fight will begin on Monday November 16.

It kicks off with a press conference in London where the ticket sale information will be released before they go on sale on Friday November 20.

On Tuesday there will be a public press conference in the Manchester Arena at 1pm for Frampton and Quigg with all the teams.

And on Wednesday both will be at the Europa Hotel in Belfast at 1pm for the open public press conference.

After months of speculation the deal was finalised live on Sky Sports News with both boxers signing in the company of their respective promoters Eddie Hearn and Barry McGuigan.

The deal had previously been halted by financial and venue disagreements.

Frampton said: "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."

"I'm over the moon. I've been after this guy for about four years now. It's done now and I can't wait to get going, I can't wait for the build up. It's going to be great."

Just hours after the live announcement Carl tweeted: "First session of camp done and dusted. #Beastmode".

However, Quigg, who has made five successful defences of his title since claiming the WBA belt in October 2013, is relishing home advantage.

"I've finally got the fight I've wanted for so long," he said.

"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."

But speaking at the announcement Frampton said he "doesn't care" that it is in Manchester

He said: "I don't care that it's in Manchester I know I'm going to bring a lot of fans, not only from ireland. I have a decent fan base in England, Scotland and Wales well. It's going to be an unbelievable atmosphere."

Frampton's manager Barry McGuigan whose son Shane trains Carl said: "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 (Frampton) on February 27."

"This is a fight that everybody wanted. This is the most eagerly anticipated British and Irish title fight that has been on the up and up for years.

"It's been on the up and up for years. So I'm delighted that the fans are going to get the chance to see these two guys going at it on February 27.

"It's very exciting. Like Carl, I can't wait for the build up, it's going to be great."

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