WBN revealed the news on Friday that Scott Quigg has been given the all clear by the WBA to fight in a huge UK unification with IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton.
The now former 122lb king Guillermo Rigondeaux was dealt another world title blow hot on the heels of the WBO stripping the Cuban of his unified status. On the back of a review, WBA Vice President Gilberto Mendoza moved to make ‘Rigo’ their ‘Champion in Recess’ – leaving the door open for Quigg to be recognised as the main champion with the organisation.
This has a positive knock-on effect with the IBF who previously told WBN that only the top title holder with the WBA can be involved for two championships and comes in the nick of time with a Frampton v Quigg announcement imminent.
Quigg first won the interim belt in 2012 against Rendall Munroe, before becoming full champion outside of the ring just prior to a first defence against Yoandris Salinas a year later. Since then, the Bury man has knocked four of his last five opponents in successful WBA bouts and is now effectively the ‘super’ title holder.
This means Quigg is eligible to be approved for a clash of champions with Carl Frampton, which the International Boxing Federation and the World Boxing Association are in the process of approving for early next year.
Frampton, 28, is undefeated in 21 bouts, whilst 27 year-old Quigg is 31-0-2 as a pro and both are eager to settle their differences in the ring following years of false dawns between their respective promoters.
Barry McGuigan and Eddie Hearn have seldom seen eye-to-eye when it comes to agreeing the fight, but the general consensus is that the clash is 99% agreed and will be formally made public in the next few days.