WBA Names Rigondeaux Frampton’s Mandatory

WBA Names Rigondeaux Frampton’s Mandatory – The World Boxing Association has ordered WBA Super Bantamweight champion Carl Frampton to face Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba by June 27th.

The WBA’s own website released the news late on March 1st, in a release called “A Tale of Two Jackals”, a reference to the nickname shared by both Frampton and Rigondeaux. The WBA considers the undefeated Rigondeaux (16-0) theie “Champion in Recess”. Rigondeaux held the WBA’s “Super World” title until his inactivity saw the WBA change his status.

The WBA’s own bi-laws state that a “Champion in Recess” is named when “a Champion is unavailable to timely defend the title due to injury or other legal impediment”.

Of course, Rigondeaux is making his debut in front of the English audience this upcoming March 12th when he faces James Dickens (21-1) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on a card promoted by Frank Warren. Rigondeaux is expected to defeat Dickens, which would leave him open to making the fight with Frampton in June. Dickens could play spoiler, but the 24 year old has exclusively regional experience going in against the all-world Rigondeaux.

The other proposal Frampton will face is from his American promoters who will want him to move up in weight and face Leo Santa Cruz.

It will be interesting to see if the Santa Cruz offer and the appeal of the American market are enough to convince Frampton to leave home. With the state of boxing in America, it is even unclear if Frampton would not just make more money staying at home to fight.

Then there is the fact that Frampton may find Rigondeaux a more appealing match style-wise than the bigger Santa Cruz. For all his prowess, Rigondeaux is 35 years old and he lists at 5’5 tall, the same as Frampton. Frampton defeated Quigg on February 27th, but Quigg’s length and height troubled Frampton in the later rounds, and by almost anybody’s eye test, Santa Cruz will be considered a superior fighter to Quigg.

The TBRB.org Boxing Rankings has Rigondeaux rated as their Super Bantamweight titleholder while Frampton is ranked first behind him. Perhaps Frampton has unfinished business there before moving up in weight class.

COMMENTS

-stormcentre :

Ahem . . . .
->http://www.thesweetscience.com/forums/showthread.php?25200-Ray-Flores-Looks-At-Saturday-s-Frampton-vs-Quigg&p=94196&viewfull=1#post94196 M1 . . . you owe me (at least) a vodka. Now (on the rare occasion that I drink and/or have vodkas) this is how I have them. Background; at least 2 scantily clad size 6 or 8 nymphs dancing in the background (preferably) to songs such as that posted below; oh and they must present with sexually immodest (OK, I'll settle for "implicit wanton") and complaint (this is non negotiable) looks on their faces. OK, to the drink . . . . Large and think pewter cup, with a insulated handle, capable of holding a pint. Ice cubes must be created from filtered water and Pickford's lemon cordial; strong mix please - or you can do them 100% Pickford's lemon cordial. Drop 6 ice cubes into the cup, and ensure both cup and cubes remain in freezer for at least 3 hours prior to serving. Also, ensure high quality vodka has been in freezer for at least 1 day prior to serving. Fill 1/3 of the cup up with Pickford's lemon cordial. Fill 1/6 of the cup up with high quality vodka. Stir. Fill remaining portion of cup up with high soda water. Remove silverware tray from cupboard. Stir drink, and then call . . "Storm, my lord, master, and Ray Flores slayer, your drink is served". Just kidding; I didn't quite predict that the WBA would request the fight. But I was pretty sure it would happen regardless of what Ray (whom I like) says and also Rigondeaux's next performance. Take it easy.


-SuperLight :

Ahem . . . .
->http://www.thesweetscience.com/forums/showthread.php?25200-Ray-Flores-Looks-At-Saturday-s-Frampton-vs-Quigg&p=94196&viewfull=1#post94196 M1 . . . you owe me (at least) a vodka. Now (on the rare occasion that I drink and/or have vodkas) this is how I have them. Background; at least 2 scantily clad size 6 or 8 nymphs dancing in the background (preferably) to songs such as that posted below; oh and they must present with sexually immodest (OK, I'll settle for "implicit wanton") and complaint (this is non negotiable) looks on their faces. OK, to the drink . . . . Large and think pewter cup, with a insulated handle, capable of holding a pint. Ice cubes must be created from filtered water and Pickford's lemon cordial; strong mix please - or you can do them 100% Pickford's lemon cordial. Drop 6 ice cubes into the cup, and ensure both cup and cubes remain in freezer for at least 3 hours prior to serving. Also, ensure high quality vodka has been in freezer for at least 1 day prior to serving. Fill 1/3 of the cup up with Pickford's lemon cordial. Fill 1/6 of the cup up with high quality vodka. Stir. Fill remaining portion of cup up with high soda water. Remove silverware tray from cupboard. Stir drink, and then call . . "Storm, my lord, master, and Ray Flores slayer, your drink is served". Just kidding; I didn't quite predict that the WBA would request the fight. But I was pretty sure it would happen regardless of what Ray (whom I like) says and also Rigondeaux's next performance. Take it easy.
Storm, I somehow missed that other thread. Oh, well. Suffice to say that, despite apparently not sharing taste in women, we are of one mind regarding Rigo. I couldn't care what the haters think - I just want to see the man get the good fights and $ he deserves.


-stormcentre :

Despite any outward impressions they may give; I can't imagine that Frampton or both the McGuigan brothers (Carl's trainer and promoter) will - privately - be too happy about this WBA decision. Not unless they are convinced Guillermo is in appalling shape and will not have the time to prepare; and I don't think that it the case here. You would have to be in need of a frontal lobotomy to have just delivered the performance Frampton (or Quigg) recently did and think that even twice that would be enough to fend a fully prepared and determined Rigondeaux off. Imagine what (the) Rigondeaux (that fought Donaire) would do to the Frampton (or Quigg) that fought last weekend. It would be fox in the henhouse type of stuff. Guillermo (if he gets up for it) will slice through these "B" grade champions like a hot knife through butter. Rigondeaux must be really happy with himself right now. As he would know deep within his heart that he can (just on skill alone) easily dispatch with Quigg and/or Frampton. Furthermore, it's obvious that Quigg and Frampton's recent lacklustre bantamweight fight (in terms of all the hype, buildup, and promotion) has just served as the ideal "lambs to the slaughter" promotion for any Rigondeax V Frampton fight. Assuming Frampton and Co don't find a way to worm out; (potentially) Canelo V 3G style. Look, perhaps that is a bit harsh, after all Barry McGuigan was himself pretty much an anytime/anywhere type of fighter; but will the same attitude and approach still be adopted now all these years later? Especially considering that Framption, really, has only now just both, come into his own and also developed serious earning ability for himself and all involved. Questions, and more questions for not just the Irish at heart - but also their fighters and fans whom, long ago, fell in love with expressing yourself with the sport of boxing; emerald Island style. Moving on . . . . Aside from bravado and thinking about the cash (before weighing up chances); with the recent things he has been saying about calling out and fighting Rigondeaux; LSC must really have rocks in his head and/or be quite delusional about his abilities. Sure he's a tough Mexican hombre that loves to bring the heat. But - at Rigondeax's level - Leo's game has so many holes in it that Rigondeax could probably take the time required to plait/telegraph his punches through them all, and most likely still win on points without significant discomfort. :) :)


-stormcentre :

Hey SL, My take on this matter is this . . . . Despite any outward impressions they may give; I can't imagine that Frampton or both the McGuigan brothers (Carl's trainer and promoter) will - privately - be too happy about this WBA decision. Not unless they are convinced Guillermo is in appalling shape and will not have the time to prepare; and I don't think that it the case here. You would have to be in need of a frontal lobotomy to have just delivered the performance Frampton (or Quigg) recently did and think that even twice that would be enough to fend a fully prepared and determined Rigondeaux off. Imagine what (the) Rigondeaux (that fought Donaire) would do to the Frampton (or Quigg) that fought last weekend. It would be fox in the henhouse type of stuff. Guillermo (if he gets up for it) will slice through these "B" grade champions like a hot knife through butter. Rigondeaux must be really happy with himself right now. As he would know deep within his heart that he can (just on skill alone) easily dispatch with Quigg and/or Frampton. Furthermore, it's obvious that Quigg and Frampton's recent lackluster bantamweight fight (in terms of all the hype, buildup, and promotion) has just served as the ideal "lambs to the slaughter" promotion for any Rigondeax V Frampton fight. Assuming Frampton and Co don't find a way to worm out; (potentially) Canelo V 3G style. Look, perhaps that is a bit harsh, after all Barry McGuigan was himself pretty much an anytime/anywhere type of fighter; but will the same attitude and approach still be adopted now all these years later? Especially considering that Frampton, really, has only now just both, come into his own and also developed serious earning ability for himself and all involved. Questions, and more questions for not just the Irish at heart - but also their fighters and fans whom, long ago, fell in love with expressing themselves with the sport of boxing; emerald Island style. Moving on . . . . Aside from bravado and thinking about the cash (before weighing up chances); with the recent things he has been saying about calling out and fighting Rigondeaux; LSC must really have rocks in his head and/or be quite delusional about his abilities. Sure he's a tough Mexican hombre that loves to bring the heat. But - at Rigondeaux's level - Leo's game has so many holes in it that Rigondeaux could probably take the time required to plait/telegraph his punches through them all, and most likely still win on points without significant discomfort. :) :)


-miguel1 :

Could Frampton justify moving up to fight Lee Selby? The public there would likely dig that. The reason I am still watching this with interest is because, as pointed out, Frampton should not want any part of Rigo or Santa Cruz or any of those guys. Followers of the British press know the rhetoric that went on for a long time when Quigg-Frampton was the big thing. They were both avoiding each other. Then when Quigg and Frampton was signed, the folks that poo-poo'd the match would point out they were both avoiding Rigo. With Quigg out of the way however, Frampton doesnt have all that many choices. CHOICE #1 - Anyone but Rigo or Santa Cruz CHOICE #2 - Rigo at home CHOICE #3 - Santa Cruz on the road Some other numbers. I think it was Crawford-Lundy or Santa Cruz-Martinez that topped off at 1 million viewers. Chalk up 2 million people in the USA watched both fights? That is fair. Curious to see what Quigg and Frampton did on British PPV. But for comparison, David Haye's recent return against a stout bus driver got 4.4 MILLION viewers in England on free TV. That is double my estimate for BOTH main event fights in the USA, with less than 20 percent of the population. The demand in the UK for boxing is just greater than in the States. The pound is better off than the dollar. Frampton would have the home field edge. Rigo doesnt care about the toothless pub pugs that will be in his face, but it is just better to fight at home. We got to interview Rigo after his last stinker. Our guy in Spanish Lazaro has a great repoire with him because they are both from Cuba. The day after the fight, Rigo was walking around and he weighed 122 lbs. He isnt a huge guy. I agree any version of Rigo that is awake should have little trouble with Frampton, but he has inexplicably taken fights off before as well. Here is where things may start to get more interesting with Rigo and his old problems. His last fight was a return fight, short notice. The fight in England coming up in March is a tune-up for Frampton. Frampton is the big fight. Now in Rigo's mind, he has put in the work, time to get paid. And it is in that x-factor that Rigo has had a lot of problems in the past as well. What does Rigo ask for to figt Frampton in the UK?


-deepwater2 :

I think Frampton is tossing the belt. Is Haymon involved with Frampton? Remember Quillin ditching his belt. Didn't work out for him.


-stormcentre :

If dat happen then . . . . Rigondeaux can take then flog Dickens next, and den afta dat take the WBA title in another WBA sanctioned fight dat doesn't involve Frampton. As the results will all be the same anyway. By den . . . . Rigo will be in top fighting shape again, . . . so . . Den he can tell LSC it's time to come and get sum of what Leo's been jawing on about. Afta dat happen Rigo is bak where he need 2b; no matta how exciting/boring he punch ppl in da face and play defensive games wiv em. All up - provided not 2 many cats run/duck - the succession plan should take no more dan 12 monfs. :) :)


-Kid Blast :

Not sure who is uglier: Guillermo Jones, Rigo, or Denis Lebedev.


-miguel1 :

LOL Valuev is the ugliest of all IMO they could sheer you a coat from his back hair. And yes Frampton has dealt with Haymon, his fight in the USA last year was on Showtime, but that card was all Premier Boxing signed guys


-Chris L :

Frampton's with Haymon so will just vacate the belt. Quigg would have done the same & gone after Donaire if he had won.


-Kid Blast :

I forgot about Valuev. Surely no trip to Hollywood.