guillermo rigondeaux

By Elliot Foster [@freelancefoz]

Guillermo Rigondeaux has suffered a further setback after being stripped of one of his world titles earlier this week.

The Miami-based Cuban southpaw was relieved of his position as WBO super bantamweight champion due to inactivity and has now been placed on a pedestal by the WBA for the exact same reason.

Rigondeaux, who hasn’t graced a ring since New Year’s Eve last year, has been placed in the position of champion in recess by the Panama-based organisation.

This move, by the vice-president Gilberto Mendoza, now gives Bury fighter Scott Quigg, who holds the secondary crown with the body in the division, the special permission to play his part in a highly anticipated unification clash with IBF champion Carl Frampton of Belfast –– a contest which has been mooted for some time, but has gathered serious pace in recent weeks.

Should two-time Olympic champion Rigondeaux, 35, want to reclaim his crown, he must face either Quigg or Frampton on or before May 1, 2016.

It is believed that ‘Rigo’ will return to the ring in December in Canada, with a foe for his comeback yet to be rubber-stamped.

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