Warren on Rigo: I’ll make Frampton an offer he shouldn’t refuse
In his new role working alongside Guillermo Rigondeaux promoters Roc Nation, Frank Warren says he’s prepared to make Carl Frampton an ‘attractive offer’ to face the Cuban.
The WBA announced a June 27 deadline on Tuesday for Frampton to agree a clash with ‘Rigo’ or the contest will head to purse bids in the near future.
Warren, discussing the bout in his latest Scrapbook, was sceptical about the Irishman’s intentions to sign on the dotted line and meet Rigondeaux this summer.
Carl Frampton says he wants only to meet the best after defeating Scott Quigg in last weekend ‘s disappointing IBF/WBA world super-bantamweight unification fight. So I am prepared to make him an offer he shouldn’t refuse,” said Warren.
Get it on next with undisputedly the top man in the division, Guillermo Rigondeaux.
We at Queensberry are working with Rigondeaux’s promoters RocNation who like us want to see whether Frampton really does want to fight the Miami-based Cuban maestro he reckons he could beat. If so we are happy to stage it over here.
Barry McGuigan keeps asking what money is in it? Well, let’s sort it out. There’ll be a very attractive offer on the table and we are willing to take the risk.
Of course this is dependent on Rigondeaux not slipping up against our man Jazza Dickens in Liverpool on March 12. But whatever happens I’ll wager gutsy Dickens will show more go-forward gumption from the first bell than Quigg did in two-third of Saturday’s fight.
The Jackal v El Chacal is a contest I doubt will happen though. Of course, it should as it is as natural a match-up as Manchester’s all-British so-called blockbuster with Quigg, which unfortunately turned out to be more of a let-down than a showdown. –
Frampton will risk being stripped of his new belt should he decide against facing Rigondeaux, although the IBF have also stipulated that ‘The Jackal’ must defend against mandatory challenger Shingo Wake.
A move up to featherweight has also been mentioned since Frampton’s win over Quigg, with the ball firmly in the new unified champion’s court as to what direction he moves in.
Whatever happens, Frampton looks likely to be at least one belt lighter later this month.