CARL Frampton would love to fight Guillermo Rigondeaux and believes he is the only super bantamweight in the World that could deal with the Cuban legend.
‘Rigo’, who is managed by Cork man Gary Hyde and is deemed by some as the greatest amateur of all time, has been much avoided since turning professional.
Indeed, along with the likes of Scott Quigg and Leo Santa Cruz, ‘The Jackal’ has been accused of ducking ‘El Chacal’.
Since becoming a fellow champ, however, the IBF World strap holder has said the Cuban is on his hit and wish list. Like most fighters Frampton is will to fight and his trainer Shane McGuigan believes his charge would have too much power for the Olympic gold medalist, but Cyclone Promotions claim the number ranked super bantamweight on the planet is anything but the number one revenue generator and the clash doesn’t make financial sense.
If Frampton’s CBS debut goes to plan and he excited against Alejandro Jr on July 18 he might have a American profile high enough to make the ‘Rigo’ fight more lucrative, but bank balance aside Frampton has number 1 aspirations and to do that he knows he needs to defeat the Cuban.
“I’d like to fight Quigg next, that’s the truth… If you rule Quigg and Santa Cruz out, Rigo’s the man. I think he’s got some sort of contract disagreement at the minute,” Frampton told Boxing News.
“I would love to fight Rigondeaux. I think I’m the only man in the division that can beat him. I don’t think anyone else gets close to him. That’s a fight that I’m keen for.
“He’s a hell of a fighter. He can be hurt but he’s got great powers of recovery. If you look through his career as a pro he’s been dropped by [Roberto] Marroquin, he’s been dropped by [Ricardo] Cordoba, [Nonito] Donaire put him down and this [Hisashi] Amagasa, he dropped him quite heavily. He can be hit, he can be hurt and he’s never been hit by anyone who can punch as hard as me.
“I really admire his skills, I love watching him. But I think I’m the only man in the super-bantamweight division that can beat him.”
Frampton knows Rigondeaux is a master craftsman and trying to out box him would be a mistake. So the undefeated Belfast man would take the rough house approach.
“I would have to get on him. I’d have to go in with a mentality whatever he’s going to hit me with, I’m just going to walk through and you’re going to have to take some shots because he’s so accurate. He picks his shots well. You would need to rough him up. You would need to get close to him and see how he is after six rounds fighting at a high pace.
“It would be a mistake for me to try and outbox him… Rigo’s a master boxer and I think you need to get on him from the start. You may be a few rounds behind at the halfway point. But that’s when it’s going to get tough for him.”