IBF reiterate Frampton’s Wake obligation, fight likelier than Rigo

Lawrence Lustig

Carl Frampton must make the next defence of his IBF super bantamweight title against Japan’s Shingo Wake as stipulated before the Belfast man defeated Scott Quigg.

At the time, Quigg was boosted to WBA ‘super’ champion amidst a WBA obligation to face Guillermo Rigondeaux, whilst Frampton was allowed to participate in the unification with the understanding that Wake would follow.

As WBN has clarified on a number of occasions before and after Frampton v Quigg, the victor had to choose which belt to keep as either would then come with a mandatory defence against Rigondeaux or Wake.

The WBA have already given Frampton a deadline to agree the Rigondeaux contest, but more tellingly, the IBF have informed WBN that they won’t be issuing any purse bid ultimatum just yet.

“Frampton vs. Quigg was approved by the IBF with the condition that the winner must fight IBF mandatory challenger Shingo Wake,” IBF Chairman Lindsey Tucker pointed out to WBN on Thursday, before adding: “We have not called for a purse bid.”

Quizzed on the finer details of Frampton accepting the Wake defence over Rigo, Tucker told WBN that he couldn’t divulge any further detail, which may well mean the two teams are holding initial talks for the bout.

If no agreement is forthcoming with Wake, a move up to 126 pounds would then be a further option for Frampton.