It will take place a whopping 21 months after the last big one, but Eddie Hearn has finally delivered a genuine domestic superfight with the finalization of Carl Frampton vs. Scott Quigg for February 27th
Quigg now apparently a full world titlist due to Rigondeaux (also stripped by the WBO) being effectively stripped by being named “champion in recess” by the WBA.
But does this make sense?
Sure, Rigondeaux has been making a mess of his career with Caribe ‘promotions’ hindering him, but he’s been inactive just 11 months, whereas Andre Ward hasn’t defended his WBA 168lb, belt in 23 months and hasn’t been stripped.
On top of that, Floyd Mayweather is retired and hasn’t defended his 154lb. title in 26 months, and is yet to be relieved of his belt.
The WBA nonsense continues to get worse, recently screwing over Jesus Cuellar (to favour Leo Santa Cruz/Abner Mares) and Jose Benavidez (to favour Adrien Broner), as well as laughably having two interim beltholders at middleweight simultaneously, all in the name of more sanctioning fees.
Surely, the WBA’s decision re:Quigg/Rigondeaux could have nothing to do with getting a slice of the Quigg-Frampton unification pie, right?
The Carl Froch “Cobra’d Hall of Fame”: Jermain Taylor, Andre Dirrell, Lucian Bute, George Groves, and, now, Yusaf Mack.
(Credit to @jacktor2013 for that gem)
A pall must be cast over all of Antonio Tarver’s achievements after his second PED test failure.
Steve Cunningham must have the worst luck in boxing.
Can’t wait to see the Tim Bradley/Teddy Atlas combo take on Brandon Rios this weekend.
The proposed Roman Gonzalez vs. Amnat Ruenroeng fight is tremendous, and Gonzalez is doing what a pound for pound king should: seeking out the biggest challenges, no matter how awkward stylistically.
Delighted that inactive and entitled, but brilliant, 168lb. champ Andre Ward has agreed a 3 fight HBO deal, which will culminate in a 175lb. showdown against the fearsome Sergey Kovalev next Autumn.
However, it’s a pity we have to sit through the dross of Ward’s fight with Alexander Brand on the Cotto-Canelo undercard first.