Rigondeaux: How do Frampton and Quigg feel fighting for my belt?

Cuban super bantamweight king Guillermo Rigondeaux has a message for Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg – he’s coming back for his belt with a vengeance.

The double Olympic gold medalist was recently demoted to WBA Champion in recess due to inactivity, which allowed Englishman Quigg to be elevated to full champion, thus paving the way for a unification with IBF belt-holder Frampton.

The Caribbean maestro has since signed with Jay Z’s Rocnation promotional outfit and returns to the ring tomorrow after 11 months away. Here, Rigondeaux [15(10)-0] faces Drian Francisco [28(22)-3(1)-1] of the Philippines at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas on the undercard of the massive Canelo-Cotto fight.

Ahead of the bout, the man who some say is too skilled for his own good, spoke to IFL TV and told Frampton and Quigg that “they should put their belts in a museum because they don’t want to fight me.”

On the belt situation, Rigondeaux, who developed a large Irish following after his destruction of Willie Casey in Dublin back in 2011, continued; “it’s really my belt, how do they feel fighting for my belt?”

Regarding any potential fights with the pair, the Miami-based southpaw reasoned that “with all due respect to them, because thy’re good boxers, but I’m ready for them and I’m gonna disappear them off the face of the planet when they step in the ring with me.”

In fairness to Belfast man Frampton, he has stated that he will not consider himself the best in the World until he defeats the Cuban star, and intends to fight the 35 year old next year after hefaces Quigg on February 27th.

Watch IFL TV’s full interview with Rigondeaux below:

Joe O'Neill

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