Carl Frampton vs Scott Quigg: A look back at past all-British classics

We've seen some classic world title bouts between Britons

Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg's unification clash aims to compete with some classic all-British world title fights.

Frampton vs Quigg

Frampton vs Quigg

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The super-bantamweight world champions' clash at the Manchester Arena on February 27 - live on Sky Sports Box Office - is a bout that has divided predictions fairly accurately down the middle.

IBF king Frampton (21-0-KO14) is likely to hear the opening bell as a slight favourite but with WBA holder Quigg (31-0-2-KO23) having shown marked improvement over his last few fights, there's every chance the evening could be a memorable one.

British boxing has never been in better shape than it is right now, but here's a look back at some of the standout world title clashes between domestic rivals...

Nigel Benn v Chris Eubank I

Nigel Benn (L) was unable to keep Chris Eubank at bay
Image: Nigel Benn (L) was unable to keep Chris Eubank at bay

Perhaps the most iconic rivalry in the history of British boxing. The brutality with which Benn had blasted his way to the WBO world middleweight title had captured countless fans. He made one of the more spectacular maiden world title defences against Iran Barkley in August 1990, stopping the dangerous American in the first round in Las Vegas.

Three months later, Benn met the challenge of Eubank - an unbeaten Brighton fighter with a taste for the flamboyant. After an enthralling build-up during which Benn admitted he 'hated' his opponent, the pair met in a white-hot atmosphere at Birmingham's NEC Arena.

If Eubank hadn't earned Benn's respect ahead of the fight, he probably earned it during the bout as he bravely wore several of the vicious right-hands that had accounted for so many before him. Benn had his success and when Eubank recorded a dramatic stoppage in the ninth round, the scorecards were split, with spectators left exhausted and amazed.

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Lennox Lewis v Frank Bruno

Lennox Lewis (R) triumphed over Frank Bruno
Image: Lennox Lewis (R) triumphed over Frank Bruno

Lewis won the WBC world heavyweight title five months earlier by emphatically outpointing Tony Tucker. The Olympic champion had just turned 28 when he made the first defence of that crown - against popular Londoner Bruno, who at the age of 31 had already fallen short in world title clashes with Tim Witherspoon and Mike Tyson.

Bruno wore trunks with 'True Brit' emblazoned on the back; a clear jibe at Lewis' previous allegiance to Canada. In front of a boisterous crowd, the older man began well and that trademark jab proved a problem for Lewis throughout a fantastically entertaining fight. He appeared to have the champion in trouble at various points but, ultimately, youth would prevail.

Bruno was in the process of registering one of his more meaningful combinations in a thrilling seventh round when Lewis exploded out of the corner with a withering left hook, catching the challenger flush on the chin. The tide had turned in an instant and with two scorecards level and one putting Bruno ahead, Lewis ruthlessly recorded the stoppage.

Steve Robinson v Naseem Hamed

Naseem Hamed (R) had too much for Steve Robinson
Image: Naseem Hamed (R) had too much for Steve Robinson

'Prince' Naseem was the boxing equivalent of Marmite. Some loathed his flash, brash approach and a perceived lack of respect towards some of his opponents. Others found his style nothing but pure entertainment. Regardless of their take on his behaviour, few could doubt his talent in the ring and at the age of just 21, his big night came.

Having made seven defences of his title already, Robinson was a bona fide world champion and would be fighting in front of his fellow Welshmen in Cardiff. Needless to say, most of the 16,000 in attendance that evening greeted Hamed's arrival with noisy negativity - but far from being intimidated, the Yorkshireman seemed to revel in it.

The fight itself was one sided, with Hamed's skills simply proving too much for the brave champion. Startling reflexes, vicious punches and some outrageous movement - all adorned with no small amount of showboating - left Robinson with no answer and a particularly shuddering left hook in the eighth prompted the referee to wave it off in Hamed's favour.

Amir Khan v Paul McCloskey

Amir Khan (L) defended his title against Paul McCloskey
Image: Amir Khan (L) defended his title against Paul McCloskey

Before the advent of Anthony Joshua, the British boxer boasting the widest appeal was Amir Khan. An Olympic silver medalist, Khan's phenomenal hand speed was exciting to watch and even after his shock defeat to Breidis Prescott, he was quickly back on track with a victory over the legendary Marco Antonio Barrera and world title glory against Andriy Kotelnik.

Prior to facing McCloskey, Khan had stopped classy New Yorker Paulie Malignaggi on his US debut and scored a gutsy points win over Marcos Maidana. Against Northern Ireland's McCloskey, he would make a fourth defence against an unbeaten southpaw who had just vacated the European title.

Khan came out fast and capitalised on McCloskey's readiness to leave his hands low. The hand speed told and Khan threw punches from all sorts of angles. It quickly became clear the Derry man had not experienced an opponent of Khan's calibre before, but he hadn't looked hurt before the fight was stopped in the sixth; the visiting fighter sustaining a cut above the left eye in a clash of heads and losing a technical decision.

Carl Froch v George Groves I

Carl Froch (L) in action with George Groves first fight
Image: Carl Froch (L) in action against George Groves

The last true British boxing soap opera began ahead of their first clash, as mandatory challenger Groves set about trying to unsettle established world champion Froch with verbal assaults. The Londoner was, to a degree, successful in that campaign as Nottingham's Froch seemed genuinely irked by the continuing bombardment during the media events.

Groves went into the fight a clear underdog but stunned the place in the very first round when he followed up several lightning counters by walking Froch on to a colossal right hand that deposited the champion onto the canvas for only the second time in his career.

There is no doubting Froch's chin, and he was forced to soak up several more meaningful salvos from Groves as he gradually recovered his senses. By the time he controversially halted the challenger with a withering ninth-round barrage of his own, boxing fans had witnessed a bout full of such drama that it fully justified the preceding fanfare and made the subsequent rematch an inevitability.

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