Frampton wins bout, McIlroy wins wager
CARL Frampton defeated Scott Quigg on a split points decision to become the WBA and IBF super-bantamweight champion on Saturday and guaranteed fellow Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy a night out at Wayne Rooney's expense.
Frampton triumphed after 12 rounds in front of a 20,000 sell-out Manchester crowd, courtesy of 116-112 counts in his favour by two judges, with the other giving it to local fighter Quigg 115-113.
The hotly-anticipated bout also led to a good-natured Twitter duel between golf star McIlroy and Manchester United striker Rooney.
"Both top fighters mate but @scottquigg for me. How about the loser pays the bill next time your in Manchester?" challenged Rooney on Twitter on the eve of the fight.
McIlroy retorted: "You're a legend Wayne but it's @RealCFrampton all the way!" And as soon as the victory was confirmed, the four-time major winner and former world No. 1 golfer gleefully claimed his prize.
"YESSSS!!!! Well done @RealCFrampton! Fought a smart fight. Get your wallet out @WayneRooney!!," tweeted the 26-year-old.
Frampton paid tribute to Quigg with whom he had fought a fierce war of words in the build-up to the fight - over the choice of dressing rooms.
"That's the end of all the disrespect - from my side anyway," he told the BBC.
"I'm proud to have beaten a very good fighter tonight. He was a worthy champion."
McIlroy and Rooney had time to watch the fight. On Friday, McIlroy missed the cut at the Honda Classic in Florida while Rooney is sidelined with a knee injury.