LOOK OUT IN LONDON! Rigo Craves Quigg Clash

CORK, Ireland (April 12, 2015) – Unified super bantamweight world champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs), arguably the most avoided reigning world title holder in modern boxing history, will travel to London next month in order to publicly confront his mandatory challenger, Scott Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KOs), the World Boxing Association (WBA) “regular” 122-pound division titlist.

A month ago in an unusual move, Rigondeaux’ manager Gary Hyde formally petitioned the WBA to enforce a mandatory title fight between his WBA Super champion and Quigg. Hyde is awaiting the WBA’s decision. Rigondeaux is also the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and The Ring magazine’s super bantamweight champion.

A reigning world champion hasn’t been avoided by other world champions and top contenders like Rigondeux has for the past two years since, perhaps, junior middleweight Sergio Martinez, or possibly all the way back to middleweight Mike McCallum.

The top three super bantamweights in the world outside of Rigondeaux – International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Council (WBC) champions, Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz, respectively, plus Quigg – have avoided the Cuban great like the plaque. Once Santa Cruz’ promoter at the time, Oscar de la Hoya, announced that a Rigondeaux-Santa Cruz had to happen, Santa Cruz’ powerful adviser, Al Haymon, exercised a contract option and bought him out to avoid a fight with ‘Rigo.’ Frampton’s promoter, Barry McGuigan, has proclaimed his fighter, not Rigondeaux, as the No. 1 super featherweight in the world. McGuigan, though, is interested in Frampton fighting Quigg in a U.K. showdown, rather than a world mega-fight for three of the four major sanctioning world titles. As the “regular” WBA champion, Quigg is Rigondeaux’ mandatory challenger, yet, he apparently wants no part of the two-time Olympic gold medalist because his promoter, Barry Hearn, not only hasn’t pushed the issue, he’s in negotiations with McGuigan for Frampton to fight Quigg.

Former world super bantamweight champions Nonito Doniare, after he lost a unification fight to Rigondeaux two years ago, and Abner Mares chose to move up one division to fight as featherweights. And now Donaire reports that his manager was contacted by a Quigg representative to discuss a Donaire-Quigg fight in England.

Another two-time Olympic gold medalist, WBO 126-pound champion Vasyl Lomachenko, continually insists that “Rigo” has to move up in weight for a fight to happen despite him having no problems making 126.

“Quigg, Santa Cruz and Frampton have showed no desire to challenge Rigondeaux,” Hyde said. “These three fighters are trying to fool the public into believing that fight the No. 1 guy in the world is not important. While they are lining their pockets with ridiculous amounts of cash for fighting below par opponents, Rigondeaux is forced to wait around until some Asian opponent steps up. This is a sport in which we are accustomed to seeing the best fighting the best but, in the super bantamweight division, it’s the best versus the rest.

“Rigondeaux will travel to Manchester to fight Quigg, Belfast to fight Frampton, or Las Vegas to fight Santa Cruz. None of these so-called world champions, though, will consider fighting the acknowledged world super bantamweight champion. They’re all much more content to hold onto their belts than beating The Man in their weight class.”

Next month, Hyde reports, Rigondeaux will travel to the United Kingdom in a bold attempt to embarrass Quigg into fighting him. “I don’t like traveling overseas unless I have a fight lined up,” Rigondeaux explained, “but I will travel to England in May to publicly call out Scott Quigg. If he turns down the chance to fight our WBA mandatory, he will be remembered for that instead of being known as a great fighter. While I’m in the UK, I will also go to Belfast to checkout Carl Frampton to ask if he wants to prove himself against the best in his division.”

Understanding that the top super bantamweight action is currently in Europe, noting a record purse ($2.2 million USD) offered for a Frampton vs. Quigg fight, Rigondeaux is considering a major change in the not too distant future, moving his base from Miami to the UK, if that’s what it takes for him to get in on the action.

Hyde also manages former WBO middleweight champion and current International Boxing Federation (IBF) No. 1 mandatory contender Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (31-1, 18 KOs), former WBA Interim cruiserweight champion Youri “El Toro” Kalenga (21-2, 14 KOs) and Georgian super lightweight Levan “The Wolf” Ghvamichava (14-1-1, 11 KOs) , as well as top prospects such as Cuban super bantamweight Marcos Forestal (2-0, 2 KOs), Irish heavyweight Con Sheehan and Bulgarian light heavyweight Blagoy Naydenov.

Follow Hyde on Twitter at @NoWhere2Hyde and friend him at www.facebook.com/gary.hyde.50?fref=ts.

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COMMENTS

-stormcentre :

Oh, I would love to be in Manchester to see this. I think Rigondeaux is going to put on a show. If Rigondeaux is not the business (in this game) then I don't know who is. So many inspiring and wonderfully artistic and creative moves. All class.


-SuperLight :

Oh, I would love to be in Manchester to see this. I think Rigondeaux is going to put on a show. If Rigondeaux is not the business (in this game) then I don't know who is. So many inspiring and wonderfully artistic and creative moves. All class.
He is all class, and people often say he is "not marketable". I personally love the Cuban style and this guy is the cream of the crop. I'm a fan of Lomachenko too - that would be a heck of a matchup.


-Skibbz :

This is great, after the Frampton camp turned down a ?1.5m offer (or a 60-40 split favouring Frampton..) Quigg has had to look elsewhere.. Then the always ready and hungry king of the ring pops up and calls Quigg out, this has to be made! Quigg's style will certainly make it interested for the first minute or so but as soon as he's clocked coming in by a straight left and a sneaky hooks the atmosphere in the arena will die down as Quigg starts to contemplate and Rigo's genius comes to the fore. It's going to be a great one.. Don't make us miss out Eddie!


-stormcentre :

Not sure whether it will take place in the first round, but . . . . . . . yep, I reckon that's pretty much what will happen too.


-Yogo :

Now this is the fighting talk i wanna see. Come on over 'King Of The Ring' Rigo, i'll have the kettle on. ;)


-Skibbz :

Now this is the fighting talk i wanna see. Come on over 'King Of The Ring' Rigo, i'll have the kettle on. ;)
Do you give Quigg a shot? Also read that Hearn wants Donaire rather than Rigo.... As always Rigo shunned... Such a shame.


-Chris L :

Do you give Quigg a shot? Also read that Hearn wants Donaire rather than Rigo.... As always Rigo shunned... Such a shame.
Eddie Hearn is a liar and a cheat, all of his fighters are so carefully managed it's ridiculous. Brook's fighting Gavin? After Hearn/Brook made such a big deal of Algieri, Brook is now fighting Frankie Gavin, and it's PPV. The fights he makes are a joke. Look at how carefully Joshua has been managed so far, I can even tell by some of his post-fight interviews that he's pissed off and wants a live opponent. But what really gets under my skin, in case you didn't notice, and in case I didn't say before; is the fact that Kell Brook is fighting Frankie Gavin. Only dangerous fight I've seen Hearn put one of his fighters in, in the last 12 months was Froch-Groves 2, and he was well compensated if Froch had lost. They pulled some stupid publicity stunt with Frampton, offering him 1.5m to fight Quigg, it resembled Floyds 40m offer to Manny; Quigg and Hearn would have made more money after PPV etc, the 1.5m was a flat rate - more than Frampton's ever made (I think), but still not as great an 'offer' as they tried to lie to the public that it was. Donaire may not be the p4p entrant he once was, but I think that he beats Quigg handily (and pray that he humiliates him).


-Yogo :

Do you give Quigg a shot? Also read that Hearn wants Donaire rather than Rigo.... As always Rigo shunned... Such a shame.
No, i don't give any of them a shot, but we know Rigo's human after the big Jap guy had him down, (did you see him dance to the corner when the ref started his count? Hehe brilliant.) It would be amazing if Rigo and Donaire came and fought our champs. British fans deserve it for their loyalty i reckon. Brook v Gavin... pffft.


-Skibbz :

Eddie Hearn is a liar and a cheat, all of his fighters are so carefully managed it's ridiculous. Brook's fighting Gavin? After Hearn/Brook made such a big deal of Algieri, Brook is now fighting Frankie Gavin, and it's PPV. The fights he makes are a joke. Look at how carefully Joshua has been managed so far, I can even tell by some of his post-fight interviews that he's pissed off and wants a live opponent. But what really gets under my skin, in case you didn't notice, and in case I didn't say before; is the fact that Kell Brook is fighting Frankie Gavin. Only dangerous fight I've seen Hearn put one of his fighters in, in the last 12 months was Froch-Groves 2, and he was well compensated if Froch had lost. They pulled some stupid publicity stunt with Frampton, offering him 1.5m to fight Quigg, it resembled Floyds 40m offer to Manny; Quigg and Hearn would have made more money after PPV etc, the 1.5m was a flat rate - more than Frampton's ever made (I think), but still not as great an 'offer' as they tried to lie to the public that it was. Donaire may not be the p4p entrant he once was, but I think that he beats Quigg handily (and pray that he humiliates him).
Brook Gavin is poor, but I think Hearn too is waiting for a big fish to come on the market.. I believe he doesn't think the risk/reward is good enough with Brook Khan but again that's the cotton wrap mentality of today's managers and promoters. I think they're taking forward at the right pace... There are a fair amount of deficiences in his game and they don't want to damage his mental by rushing him forward. It did a lot of former greats no bad fighting 20-30 fights before taking on world titles bouts. I feel that would be the bast tack to take with AJ too personally. Quigg Donaire would be nice and I would fancy Donaire a few years back, father time has caught up on Nonito and he's put in some long shifts in in the sport, but unless Quigg jumps on him and gives him no room whatsoever I feel he could still counter and hurt Quigg because of his superior skill and experience, not forgetting his speed. @Yogo agreed, British fans are incredible value for fighters, they should all make the journey over!!