Carl Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs) and Scott Quigg (31-0-2, 23 KOs) will meet in a world title unification fight on February 27 at the Manchester Arena.
Frampton, 28, puts his IBF super bantamweight title on the line while Quigg, 27, will defend his WBA belt.
Northern Ireland’s Frampton has agreed to come to Bury-based Quigg’s home town for the eagerly anticipated showdown, and he said: “I’m delighted that we have finally got this fight signed – 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.”
Quigg said: “I’ve finally got the fight I’ve wanted for so long – 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.”
After months of negotiations between their promoters, the pair will finally battle to prove who is the best domestic fighter at 122lbs.
“I am very pleased that we have managed to get this fight made,” said Frampton’s manager Barry 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!”
Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn said: “Yes! All I can say is yes – get in! This has 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. Two World champions, two fantastic fighters collide at the Manchester Arena. Can you even imagine the atmosphere, the tension, the drama? This is what it’s all about, roll on fight night! Scott Quigg has all the momentum going into the fight and will be crowned unified World champion on February 27.”