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Carl Frampton could face Cuban hotshot Guillermo Rigondeaux

By Pat Smith

Carl Frampton will take on Guillermo Rigondeaux if he wins his blockbuster clash against Scott Quigg next month in Manchester. The WBA have told Frampton and Quigg that whoever wins must next face Cuba's super-bantam kingpin Rigondeaux no later than July 27.

The Belfast fighter, the IBF champion, faces Bury boxer Quigg, the WBA champion, at the Manchester Arena on February 27 in a huge unification dust-up.

Rigondeaux - managed by Cork's Gary Hyde - is champion "in recess", according to WBA chief Gilberto Jesus Mendoza.

Mendoza said: "Rigondeaux shall come out of recess and face the winner of the February 27 unification bout between WBA champion Scott Quigg and IBF champion Carl Frampton."

Rigondeaux was stripped of the WBA title because he didn't defend it in time and Quigg was elevated to title-holder.

Frampton's stablemate David Haye intends to fight for the world heavyweight title immediately if he beats Australian Mark De Mori at London's O2 Arena on Saturday night - despite it being his first contest in three and a half years.

The heavyweight titles are shared between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, who defends his WBC belt against Artur Szpilka in New York on the same night.

Haye said: "I want to re-establish myself as a force to be reckoned with. Up until now it has just been a lot of talk.

"I've been physically unable to get in the ring, which has been very frustrating."

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