Since normal and more modern means of calling out opponents hasn't worked, manager Gary Hyde and his fighter, 122-pound champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, plan to go the extra mile. Hyde says that Rigondeaux will travel to the United Kingdom in May to publicly confront Scott Quigg, who is the mandatory challenger to Rigondeaux's WBA super bantamweight title.
"Quigg, (Leo) Santa Cruz and Frampton have showed no desire to challenge Rigondeaux," Hyde said. "These three fighters are trying to fool the public into believing that a fight the No. 1 guy in the world is not important. While they are lining their pockets with ridiculous amounts of cash for fighting below par opponents, Rigondeaux is forced to wait around until some Asian opponent steps up. This is a sport in which we are accustomed to seeing the best fighting the best but, in the super bantamweight division, it's the best versus the rest.
"Rigondeaux will travel to Manchester to fight Quigg, Belfast to fight Frampton, or Las Vegas to fight Santa Cruz. None of these so-called world champions, though, will consider fighting the acknowledged world super bantamweight champion. They're all much more content to hold onto their belts than beating The Man in their weight class."
Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KO) has had a lot of trouble finding fights since beating Nonito Donaire for the division's championship in 2013. He fought once more on HBO, beating Joseph Agbeko in December of that year, and fought last July in Macau for the last time under the Top Rank banner. His most recent fight came on New Year's Eve in Japan, when he beat Hisashi Amagasa. And aside from the three big names that have not fought him, Chris Avalos also passed on a mandatory shot against Rigondeaux, opting instead to fight Frampton.
"I don't like traveling overseas unless I have a fight lined up," Rigondeaux said, "but I will travel to England in May to publicly call out Scott Quigg. If he turns down the chance to fight our WBA mandatory, he will be remembered for that instead of being known as a great fighter. While I'm in the UK, I will also go to Belfast to checkout Carl Frampton to ask if he wants to prove himself against the best in his division."
Rigondeaux is also considering moving his base of operations from Miami to the United Kingdom, as there is bigger money in the division there than in the United States.
Will the Cuban finally be able to line up a name opponent, or will the avoidance continue?