WBA reviewing Quigg-Frampton sanction request / Rigo title status

WBA Vice President Gilberto Mendoza has informed WBN that the champion status of super-bantamweight title holders Guillermo Rigondeaux and Scott Quigg is under review.

Cuban superstar Rigondeaux currently lays claim to the ‘super’ belt at 122lbs, whilst Briton Quigg boasts the ‘regular’ title in the somewhat controversial two-tier system adopted by the World Boxing Association in recent years.

‘Rigo’ was stripped of his WBO version this week due to his failure to make a defence for over nine months and Mendoza is now mulling over whether to follow a similar route. Quigg, on the other hand, needs Rigondeaux’s ‘super’ status in order to keep his championship for a February unification with UK rival Carl Frampton and is hoping a decision is made soon in order to make the clash official.

Should the WBA put Rigondeaux ‘in recess’ or decide to fully remove his title, Quigg would then be in a position to be bumped up to the number one spot with Mendoza’s organisation and make the Frampton contest a huge unification.

The alternative for Quigg is to give up his own title completely in order to challenge Frampton for his belt, although that could put the chances of the bout landing on British pay-per-view in jeopardy and seems unlikely to happen at this stage.

“Currently, we are reviewing the sanction request (of Scott Quigg for the Carl Frampton fight) and also Rigo’s status (as champion),” Mendonza exclusively confirmed to World Boxing News, meaning a two-belt contest between Quigg and Frampton, potentially on February 27 in Manchester, could soon become a reality.

For Rigondeaux, whose career has stalled since a dispute with his ex-manager Gary Hyde, a move up to 126lbs looks to be the best option to reignite the 35 year-old and potentially set up super-fights with Leo Santa Cruz and Gary Russell Jr.