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WBA issues deadline for Carl Frampton to fight Guillermo Rigondeaux

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Carl Frampton has been ordered to face "champion in recess" Guillermo Rigondeaux by June 27th.

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The WBA, after congratulating Carl Frampton on beating Scott Quigg this past weekend, has issued Frampton a deadline to face Guillermo Rigondeaux by June 27th. After all, what better way to say congratulations than by saying "Now fight the man that nobody wants to face!"

Rigodeaux was stripped of his world title by the WBA last November citing his inactivity, but the sanctioning body had the graciousness of naming him "champion in recess" understanding his difficulty in securing fights while also noting his accomplishments.

If Frampton and Rigondeaux are unable to strike a deal to face one another, the fight will head to purse bid. Both teams have been informed of the WBA's decision and we'll see what Frampton ultimately decides to do. In the meanwhile, Rigo has Jazza Dickens on schedule for March 12 and has called out Frampton, Scott Quigg, and Leo Santa Cruz for fights in consecutive months on social media. What a sight that would be if it were at all possible to actually happen.