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Showtime to carry Frampton-Quigg unification fight

Carl Frampton, left, and Scott Quigg will meet in a junior featherweight unification fight on February 27 in Manchester, England. Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

On Saturday, one of the worst-kept secrets in boxing was announced: Showtime will carry live coverage of the much-anticipated junior featherweight title unification bout between Northern Ireland’s Carl Frampton and England’s Scott Quigg.

They are scheduled to meet on Feb. 27 at sold-out Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, Quigg’s home region. Showtime will simulcast the broadcast from England’s Sky Sports. The precise start time of the “Showtime Boxing International” telecast, however, has not been determined yet, although it will air live in the afternoon with a prime-time replay paired with another live fight; featherweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz will make his first defense against former junior featherweight titlist Kiko Martinez at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs), 28, won his 122-pound title by unanimous decision over Martinez in 2014 and will be making his third defense against Quigg.

“I am thrilled to be boxing on Showtime and defending my world title in front of such a large television audience in the U.S.,” said Frampton, who defended his title on CBS this past summer. “Showtime is the home of huge global boxing events, and I am delighted that my team have ensured I will box on such a terrific platform. I enjoyed fighting on sister network CBS last July and I want to continue to build my fan base in the United States. Roll on Feb. 27 in Manchester, where I will comprehensively beat Scott Quigg.”

Quigg (32-0-2, 23 KOs), 27, has held his title since 2013 and will be making his seventh defense when he meets Frampton.

“It’s brilliant that the American fans will get to see this brilliant fight,” Quigg said. “I’ve always wanted to box in a massive fight in the U.S., and I believe that when I beat Carl in style on Feb. 27 in front of a sold-out crowd live on Showtime, I’ll gain plenty of fans in the States.”