Carl Frampton gave up the WBA belt because his team are not confident he would beat Gullerimo Rigondeaux claims recently defeated rival Scott Quigg.
‘The Jackal’ claimed the strap, he always said Quigg never won, by defeating the Bury man comphrensively back in Febraury, and was instantly left a number of options.
Cuban two time Olympic gold winner and much avoided former champion ‘Rigo’ was mandatory for the WBA strap, while Shingo Wake was next in line for the IBF belt the Belfast won by beating Kiko Martinez and a massive featherweight World title fight with Leo Santa Cruz is on the card plus the prefered option.
Frampton himself has always stated he would relish the chance to fight the Cuban, but his team claim Santa Cruz is the more lucrative, entertaining and eye catching clash.
After talk of Santa Cruz and Wake as a back up plan the WBA stripped Ireland’s first unified World champ of their version of the title and Quigg claims that accured because
Frampton wasn’t confident of victory over one of the greatest amatuers of all time.
The Gallagher’s gym super bantamweight also said he is keen to fight ‘Rigo’ in a bid to reclaim his strap.
Speaking to The Boxing Voice, Quigg said: “He’s been stripped of the WBA title. I’d definitely be looking to see who the WBA will put me in with.
“Whether it’s Rigondeaux, who Frampton was supposed to fight but he chose to relinquish because they’re not confident of winning that fight, I’d be 100 per cent confident going in to get that title back against Rigondeaux.”
While Quigg is ‘Rigo’ keen his number one choice is a Frampton repeat and he also wants the fighter ‘The Jackal’ is in talks with re a big American Summer showdown.
“First of all I want a rematch with Frampton but other than Frampton it would be Leo Santa Cruz, because I think mine and his style of fighting would gel for a great action-packed fight and that’s one that I’ve always fancied winning.”