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Paper champ no more – Quigg could offer Frampton chance to unify

Scott Quigg is known as the ‘paper champ’ by the loyal Carl Frampton support. The WBA ‘regular’ title he holds isn’t one either Team Frampton or his sizable support had designs on.

However, by the time they meet in February – if as now is expected a deal is agreed – Quigg could have a title Frampton wants.

‘The Jackal’ has unification ambitions and dreams of being undisputed super bantamweight champion of the World and the Bury native looks set to be WBA ‘Super’ Champion by the time the pair trade leather.

The WBA work off an infuriating ‘interim’, ‘regular’ and ‘super’ basis and effectively have three world champs at each weight.

Matchroom’s Quigg is their regular champion while Guillermo Rigondeaux, who was up and until recently managed by Gary Hyde, is the ‘Super’ title holder and effectively the World champion at the weight.

If the situation remains as is, the IBF, the governing body Frampton is champion of, will not sanction an unification clash between Frampton and Quigg as they don’t recognise the ‘interim’ or regular’ straps.

However, speaking to World Boxing News today Jeannette Salazar of the IBF suggests that Quigg looks likely to bumped up to ‘Super’ champ as Rigondeaux is on the verge of being stripped due to inactively and in that case a unification clash will ensue.

So the Frampton v Quigg winner could become two belt World champion and take a massive step toward becoming undisputed unified super bantamweight ring king.


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