When Irishman Carl Frampton defeated Leo Santa Cruz last July 30 to win the WBA (Super) featherweight title he made history. He is the only fighter from Northern Ireland to hold two-weight division titles, and is arguably its best boxer ever. Isn’t it high time he faces the best in the world in Guillermo Rigondeaux?
Carl Frampton vs Leo Santa Cruz was highly praised for its success. It was a great story from start to end, with the Irishman stepping up to face bigger competition after beating his rival in Scott Quigg.
During the highly anticipated rivalry match, Frampton was able to neutralize Scott Quigg who was the favorite to win. He had a great performance against Chris Avalos two fights prior, but everybody in the boxing world knows that the guy to beat in the division is Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Carl Frampton vs Guillermo Rigondeaux should have happened right after the Scott Quigg fight, but he became mum about it.
After failing to respond to the WBA regarding his intentions to fight Rigondeaux, who was a mandatory to the belt, his title was vacated. Now that he’s defeated Leo Santa Cruz, Frampton still doesn’t want anything to do with the Cuban boxer.
In a report by BoxingScene, Carl Frampton said, “I’m happy to fight anyone. I genuinely am. I would fight anyone. But I want to be involved in exciting fights. I had a bit of a stinker with Scott Quigg. I don’t want to be involved in another fight with Rigondeaux that would be a stinker.”
Having made history, and now recognized for his efforts to fight the best, it is doubtful that Frampton could be disliked in lieu of Rigondeaux’s fighting style. It is a fight he must give in to, unless he is all right with the negative impression people get that he’s avoiding him to keep his undefeated record.
According to the Digital Journal, Guillermo made his offer known to Carl Frampton via Twitter saying, “Congratulations to @CarlFrampton. I hope now we can settle our difference. I am available to travel to your hometown and do it there.
After speaking so bravely about making a legacy, to become the best, Frampton seems to be slinking, making economics and fighting styles a reason for not making the match fans want. But for how long?
Somewhere down the line the best ought to fight the best, otherwise one’s legacy shall be built on shaky ground.
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