Belfast star Carl Frampton has vowed to put British rival Scott Quigg to the sword when the pair meet next year.
It was confirmed on Monday that IBF super bantamweight world champion Frampton will finally clash with WBA belt holder Quigg in a massive unification bout at the Manchester Arena on February 27.
It will see Frampton travel to his challenger’s back yard for his latest acid test.
And ‘The Jackal’ insists he can’t wait to set the record straight once and for all.
“I’m delighted that we have finally got this fight signed,” said Frampton.
“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.”
Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan believes the February 27 showdown will be an historic occasion for boxing fans.
“I am very pleased that we have managed to get this fight made,” said McGuigan.
“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!”
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 Kiko Martinez – who Frampton defeated to claim the IBF belt – in his last outing in Manchester in July to follow wins over Diego Silva, Tshifhiwa Munyai, Stephane Jamoye and Hidenori Otake.
“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.”
Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn added: “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.”