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I posted the following question on math stackexchange but I have not received any answer. So I hope people here can help me.

In the book Lectures on tensor categories and modular functors by Bakalov and Kirillov, they construct a TQFT.

When they come to prove the gluing axiom, they just mention that "...This statement is of purely topological nature, and we omit its proof." And I don't see how to prove it.

Basically, they claim that if we cancel two coupons of special ribbon graphs we get the same manifold resulting from a gluing of a common boundaries via a homeomorphism commuting parametrizations of those boundary surfaces. (See the picture from page 87 of the book)

Could someone provide me a proof of the gluing axiom or give me a reference containing a complete proof? I read a Turaev's book but that proof is also not easy to understand.

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