It seems the winner of the super-bantamweight unification showdown between Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg on February 27 must fight Guillermo Rigondeaux on or before July 27.
Belfast fighter Frampton and Bury boxer Quigg will meet at the Manchester Arena with Frampton’s IBF belt and Quigg’s WBA ‘super’ title both on the line.
Eddie Hearn promoted Quigg was originally the WBA’s ‘regular’ champion while Rigondeaux held the ‘super’ version, but the sanctioning body demoted the Cuban to ‘champion in recess’ due to not defending his title enough, in accordance with their rules.
Quigg was then promoted to ‘super’ champion, allowing the unification fight with Frampton to take place.
But the WBA have now announced that whomever wins in Manchester must defend their titles against Rigondeaux. Should Frampton and Quigg fight to a draw, Scott would retain his title and must still face Guillermo by July 27.
The IBF have also ordered the winner of the Frampton-Quigg fight to face their number one challenger within 90 days. Japan’s Shingo Wake currently sits in that position.
Depending on scheduling, these orders mean that whoever unifies the IBF and WBA titles in Manchester may have to give one of them up, which adds another twist to the Frampton versus Quigg mega-fight.