Carl Frampton stripped of WBA super-bantamweight title
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 08/04/16 11:21am
Carl Frampton has been stripped of the WBA super-bantamweight title after failing to negotiate a first defence against Guillermo Rigondeaux.
The Belfast man took the WBA belt from Scott Quigg following his February points win, adding the strap to his IBF title in the unification clash.
Just two days after his win, the WBA ordered their new champion to enter talks with Cuban Rigondeaux, and the organisation has decided to remove the belt from Frampton after he failed to respond.
Frampton has also been ordered to fulfil an IBF mandatory defence against Shingo Wake, but has suggested he might step up to featherweight for big fights against IBF champion Lee Selby or WBA champion Leo Santa Cruz.
Rigondeaux originally held the WBA belt before he was stripped by the organisation due to inactivity and will now fight Mexican Moises Flores for the vacant title.
WBA 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.
"Rigondeux shall come out of recess and face interim champion Moises Flores as his mandatory defence on or before August 1, 2016. If Flores or Rigondeaux wish to face any other opponent, the WBA may consider an application for special permit consistent with the rules of the WBA."