Ahead of their massive super-bantamweight unification clash, Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg have aired their views on the winner possibly facing Cuban superstar Guillermo Rigondeaux later this year.
The pair were speaking on an international media call when they were both asked to comment on ‘Rigo’ being stripped by the WBA before a stipulation was put in place for the 35-year-old to face whoever comes out on top on February 27.
“At the end of the day, it’s what (boxing’s) government body is doing. It’s their rules and regulations. So, I can’t judge on that,” said Quigg.
“At the end of the day, my focus is on beating Carl Frampton. I’ll beat Carl Frampton, and then we’ll look at fighting the best in there, and obviously, you’ve got one winner.
“And I’ve always said, ‘I’m out to fight the best and beat the best,’ so I’m obviously going to fight Rigondeaux. You know, I’m not scared of fighting him. I’m not shying away from challenges.
Carl Frampton or Quigg vs Rigondeaux
“I challenge myself, and that’s what I thrive on, and obviously fighting Rigondeaux, who’s rightly so ranked number one in the division because of what he’s achieved and what he’s done so far, I honestly believe that if the time comes and me and him fight, I believe I can beat him.”
Frampton then added his views with considerable sympathy for the ex-champion, who was relieved of his WBA belt in favor of Quigg.
“Well, Rigondeaux is the man you must face if you want to call yourself the main man. So, whatever happens, happens, but I’m happy to face Rigo,” Frampton stated. “Whatever my team sees as the most sensible option, that’s what I’m going to do.
“I feel a little sorry for the position that Rigondeaux has been through. But I think that Scott Quigg should be a little bit embarrassed in how he’s actually — you know if we can say win world titles. I don’t know if he’s won them. He’s been handed them a lot of time, and he’s been given (them).
“So, I feel a bit sorry for Rigondeaux, but I’m happy to fight anyone. That’s why I don’t fear anyone.
“I believe I’m the best super bantamweight in the world. But if you want to prove that, you must beat Rigondeaux, and I’m prepared to do that.”