After a lengthy build-up, Carl Frampton emerged victorious over Scott Quigg in Manchester last night to add the WBA super-bantamweight title to the IBF belt that he already possessed.
Many had predicted an all-out war between two of the best that the division has to offer, but a tentative first half to the fight from Quigg allowed Frampton to surge ahead on the scorecards.
The Bury-based fighter improved during the final six rounds, relentlessly applying pressure to his opponent in search of a knockout but it would prove too little too late for Quigg, with the only highlight coming in the penultimate round when he caught Frampton with a clean right hand.
Surprisingly, one of the judges saw the fight in Quigg's favour, but the other two rightly had Frampton 116-112, allowing him to move on to bigger fights later in the year.
However, it was the split-decision verdict that received most of the attention on Twitter, with footballers, boxers, golfers and promoters all weighing in after the result was announced.
Can't argue with that. Split decision. Timid first 6 rounds cost Quigg.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) February 27, 2016
116-112 was about right. The judge who gave it Quigg should never be allowed to judge again.— matthew macklin (@mattmacklin) February 28, 2016
Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) February 27, 2016
Amazing, I scôred it correctly! What was that one judge watching!!!!!!!!!! Damn, Levi Martinez! #framptonquigg— Lou DiBella (@loudibella) February 27, 2016
On Sunday morning, Quigg's promoter Eddie Hearn posted a picture of two x-rays of his fighter's jaw, which was broken during the fight.
Frampton is expected to target either Guillermo Rigondeaux or WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz in his next fight.