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Rigo tells ‘afraid’ Frampton to ‘stop running’ and fight him next

Within minutes of stopping Willie Casey at the CityWest back in 2011, Guillermo Rigondeaux’s translator, by all accounts, gave us the PGĀ version of what the Cuban great had to say post-fight.

There is a new translator in town and he certainly hasn’t been sanitising ‘Rigo’s’ comments.

Not long after the two-time Olympic Gold medal winner stopped Liverpudlian Jazza Dickens within two rounds of their Cardiff-hosted WBA World title fight the translator was telling us the reinstated super bantamweight champ wanted either Carl Frampton or Scott Quigg.

The Cuban demandedĀ both to stop talking and running, and expressed a desire to fight either on September 17th in the UK.

“September 17, I will fight any of those guys [Frampton or Scott Quigg] right here in the UK. Stop running, stop hiding” the Caribbean maestro told IFL TV.

“We have been talking about it for years. Him [Quigg] or Frampton. Whoever is going to fight me, stop talking about it. They talk a lot and don’t want to fight. Let’s give the fans what they want,” Rigo said before trying to explain why he thinks he hasn’t fought Frampton or Quigg as of yet.

“A couple of people that say I am not exciting and they don’t want to face me in the ring.”

“These people are just afraid of me. He [Dickens] is a great boxer, he is a class act. I appreciate him taking this fight.”

‘The Jackal’ had expressed a desire to face the Cuban and has always been complementary about a fighter he calls ‘the greatest amateur of all time’.

However, his team felt the fight didn’t make financial sense. While that point has always been questioned it has been proved by Frampton in recent times with money-spinning bouts against Scott Quigg and Leo Santa Cruz.

Indeed the bout seems less likely than ever now with the WBA ordering Rigondeaux to face ‘interim’ champ Moises Flores in his next defence, and Frampton stating he will not be returning to super bantamweight.

Watch Rigondeaux’s interview with IFL in full below:


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