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Summary

  1. Frampton wins unification fight in Manchester
  2. Northern Ireland's Frampton now IBF and WBA champion
  3. England's Quigg was the WBA champion
  4. Two judges gave it 116-112 to Frampton, the other had it 115-113 to Quigg

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By Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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But that's it from me. It wasn't a classic, but there was certainly enough to get the pulse racing.

Now it's all said and done, Carl Frampton is the WBA and IBF super-bantamweight champion of the world.

Goodnight.

Ben Dirs has been our man at the Manchester Arena tonight. You can read his report right here. 

Keep listening to BBC Radio 5 live for all the reaction from the Manchester Arena. The boys will be on air until 00:30.

Carl Frampton
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Richie Woodhall

Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"The body work from Scott Quigg was fantastic late on, but he should have started earlier"

Tony Bellew

European cruiserweight champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"You have to force the pace and make someone like Carl Frampton throw when he doesn't want to throw."

Ben Dirs

BBC Sport at the Manchester Arena

"I don't know what fight some people were watching. It was a slow-burner but those last rounds were pretty entertaining."

More from Eddie Hearn: "The first six rounds were a little bit stale, but these fighters were not going to go toe-to-toe from off. Carl is a great fighter and a good man. We had our ups and downs with Barry and his team.

"Quigg needed to use his assets better. I think he broke his jaw in the fourth round. I wish he started faster, because I believe he would have won the fight."

More from Barry McGuigan on Radio 5 live: "Frampton went into another dimension tonight. Quigg is very brave and a great fighter but Frampton is an exceptional talent."

Quigg's promoter Eddie Hearn: "I gave it to Frampton by a couple of rounds. I just feel Scott started too late. By the time Scott got his hands dirty, he was making up. I felt like he gave him too much respect."

Frampton's promoter Barry McGuigan: "I don't think there's any point in a rematch. Santa Cruz is the one that appeals to me. It will have to happen soon because I want him to move up a weight."

Leo Santa Cruz is the current WBA featherweight champion
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Leo Santa Cruz is the current WBA featherweight champion

Ben Dirs

BBC Sport at the Manchester Arena

"I had it 117-111 to Frampton. How one judge gave it to Quigg I'll never know. Saying that, some on press row had it as a draw..."

Carl Frampton
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IBF and WBA world super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton: “The travelling support has been unbelievable - this isn’t Manchester, is it? Seems like it is Belfast.

“I couldn’t believe it was a spilt [decision]. I don’t know what that lad was watching. He needs to take a long hard look at himself.

“I knew it was going to be a boring fight - I had to sell it for TV. I knew I has the brain to do that and make it boring."

Carl Frampton
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Richie Woodhall

Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"Overall Frampton's fitness was good, he picked up a really good lead and he maintained it despite a couple of tricky rounds at the end. But not really a good performance from Quigg."

Former WBA super-bantamweight champion Scott Quigg: "In the second half of the fight I started putting my foot to the pedal and I had him going in the 11th.

"I wasn't going to steam out at someone as good as Carl, I had to show respect to him.

"He caught me with a good shot in the fourth. I think my jaw has gone.

"Fair play to him, it was a great fight. With the judges' scorecards, I should have started faster, but it's too late now.

"I'd love a rematch."

Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton
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Tony Bellew

European cruiserweight champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"I would say this is the best atmosphere I've seen in a boxing ring."

Carl Frampton
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Paul Mulligan: I think there may be a few pints of Guinness poured in the pubs of Manchester tonight.

Tony Bellew

European cruiserweight champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"Quigg will look back at round 11 and know he had Frampton there for the taking but he stood off when he should have piled in. He should have gone all out. Carl was hurt."

"I knew it was going to be a boring fight," says Frampton. You could have told us beforehand, Carl. 

Richie Woodhall

Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"The first six rounds were clearly Frampton's. How you could have Quigg the winner I don't know. Quigg had the wrong tactics."

Two of the judges gave it 116-112 to Frampton, the other had it 115-113 to Quigg.

Carl Frampton
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Mike Costello

BBC Radio 5 live boxing commentator

"Five years in the making and after 12 rounds tonight, that's a brilliant performance from Frampton. It diluted the occasion because he was so superior."

Carl Frampton wins the IBF & WBA super-bantamweight world titles

Carl Frampton has it! Frampton has won and taken the WBA super-bantamweight world title to go with the IBF belt he already had. Scott Quigg is beaten for the first time. 

Carl Frampton
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Split decision. One for Frampton...

Quigg gets one...

Here's Michael Buffer. Hang on...

Tony Bellew

European cruiserweight champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"Frampton has more variety and his footwork was the key to evading Quigg."

There's chat of a draw. It was a fight of two halves, with only the second set of six rounds making a decent watch. 

Richie Woodhall

Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"Frampton boxed sensibly. He didn't stand toe to toe with Quigg. Quigg will punch a hole through you if you do that but Frampton judged it superbly in the last round."

Now Quigg is being carried around the ring. These world titles will be decided by the judges. Hang on for the scores...

Round 12

The final bell. The crowd are singing Quigg's name. The fighters embrace. All the guff that has gone on before has not affected these men. Frampton is celebrating...

Round 12

Thirty seconds. One last exchange...

Scott Quigg
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Round 12

Quigg can't get anything more. They tie up. Into the final minute...

Round 12

Frampton gets low, trying to nullify the flaying Quigg. Does Frampton think he's got it if he gets through this? It's clever stuff....

Round 12

Is Frampton still far enough ahead? Does Quigg have to find a knockout? Frampton makes a good start to the final round as the crowd sing some more.

Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg
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Round 12

Last round. Who wants it?

Mike Costello

BBC Radio 5 live boxing commentator

"It's just a shoot-out now, who can take the most punishment and stand the most blows?"

Round 11

Huge from Quigg! Frampton all over the place, but the ref in there to break them up. It was a right on to the jaw. One to go, and Quigg is all over the Jackal.

Richie Woodhall

Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

"Scott Quigg let Frampton off the hook. He caught him with a great shot, then stood back and admired his work instead of following it up."

Round 11

Noise turned up, more body work from Quigg, Frampton looks to his corner in distress. The Northern Irishman is holding on. Quigg would have this fight go longer...

Round 11

Quigg is landing some solid lefts. Body, then head. The referee come between them, then Frampton unloads some left to the bread basket. 

Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton
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