Frampton stripped of title as Fury prepares for Klitschko rematch

BoxingBy Sean McGoldrick
Frampton has lost his WBA belt but hold on to the IBF one
Frampton has lost his WBA belt but hold on to the IBF one

CARL Frampton has been stripped of his WBA super bantamweight title by the organisation for refusing to defend it against veteran Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux.

In a statement published on the WBA website their Championships Chairman Gilberto Jesus Mendoza said “In light of Frampton’s announced intention to face an opponent other than his mandatory, and for failing to respond to WBA inquiries as to his intent, Frampton’s recognition as champion is removed.”

The Belfast boxer, who still holds the IBF version of the super bantamweight title, added the WBA belt in February when he beat the defending title holder Scott Quigg after a subdued title fight in Manchester.

According to the WBA website the association granted a special permit to allow Quigg defend his title against Frampton on condition that the winner would face the double Olympic gold medallist who defected from Cuba in 2009.

The realpolitik of the situation was that Frampton never had any intention of defending his title against the 35 year old unbeaten Cuban.

He has his sights set on a more lucrative clash against Mexican star Leo Santo Cruz for his WBA featherweight belt later this year.

Meanwhile, it is expected to be confirmed today that Tyson Fury will defending his World heavyweight title against Wladimir Klitschko in Manchester on July 9.