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Slick Guillermo Rigondeaux wants winner of Frampton-Quigg clash

By David Kelly

Cuban legend Guillermo Rigondeaux has insisted that he wants to strike a deal to prove that he is the number one super-bantamweight in the world.

On February 27 at the Manchester Arena, Belfast's IBF super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton and WBA champion Scott Quigg clash in their much anticipated duel, while Rigondeaux will be facing British champion Jazza Dickens in Liverpool two weeks later.

Before being declared "a champion in recess" by the World Boxing Association due to inactivity, which allowed the governing body to upgrade Quigg from regular champion to their outright champion, unbeaten Rigo was seen as the top 122lb fighter in the world.

He now hopes that long periods in between fights are behind him and that a win over Dickens will lead to a fight with the winner of Frampton-Quigg.

The WBA have ordered the winner of Frampton-Quigg to face the 35-year-old, while Frampton, should he be victorious, would also be under pressure from the International Boxing Federation to face his mandatory challenger Shingo Wake of Japan.

The IBF have already shown how stringent they are when it comes to number one challengers receiving their opportunity to fight for the title as within a couple of weeks of winning the World heavyweight title, Tyson Fury was stripped of his belt when he refused to box his mandatory challenger. The title was won by American Charles Martin, who is now set to defend against Britain's Anthony Joshua in April.

Looking ahead to his fight in Liverpool, Rigondeaux said: "I'm a warrior. I'll fight anywhere. I don't want to dwell on the past. I want to move forward and keep active. I'm going there to win then I'll beat both Frampton then Quigg.

"We wait in anticipation to see if the winner of a great fight between them would step up and step in the ring with me, so the whole world can see who the best 122lb fighter is. Fans should come see the real super World champion in Liverpool, as I'll be ready to put on a show and be in a position to happily knock out the winner, if either would even fathom the idea of stepping into the same ring as me."

While the boxing purist would love to see a clash between Rigondeaux and the winner of Frampton-Quigg, the problem with the Cuban is that he is not a major attraction to television companies due to his safety-first style.

Consequently, the biggest money-spinning fight in the division is Frampton-Quigg, with Sky Box Office and top American company Showtime both screening the fight as well as many other countries around the world. Indeed, should the fight live up to expectations, then a re-match in Belfast is a real possibility.

That would leave Rigondeaux out in the cold and he would probably then turn his attention to the WBC title, which is being fought for by Hugo Ruiz and Julio Ceja on the same night as Frampton-Quigg in the States.

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