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WBA strips Carl Frampton, orders Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Moises Flores for super bantamweight title

Rigondeaux is the current Champion in Recess, while Flores holds the interim title.

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Earlier this year, the WBA allowed super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg to put his belt on the line against IBF champion Carl Frampton on the condition that whoever won the fight faced Guillermo Rigondeaux, whom they named Champion in Recess. Frampton came out on top via split decision and, in doing so, committed himself to facing "El Chacal."

Recently, however, Frampton confirmed that he did not intend to fulfill his end of the bargain. The WBA have removed his belt and ordered a bout between Rigondeaux and interim champion Moises Flores.

The two must fight by August 1st.

Rigondeaux (16-0, 10 KO) has fought just once since the beginning of 2015, an absolute stinker against Drian Francisco on the undercard of Cotto vs. Canelo. He was set to face unheralded James Dickens before running into visa issues, a product of being in Russia with coach Pedro Diaz for Ruslan Chagaev's title defense.

Flores (24-0, 17 KO) picked up the interim title last April with a split decision over Oscar Escandon, then stopped Argentina's Luis Cusolito on the undercard of Julian Williams' blowout of Luciano Cuello. He's currently booked to face Namibia's Paulus Ambunda on the latter's home turf next month.

At least on paper, Flores presents the sort of aggression needed to drag a watchable fight against Rigondeaux. Still, it might be more prudent to worry about whether they'll get in the ring instead of what will happen inside it.

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