Guillermo Rigondeaux has branded arch rivals Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg “cowards” for avoiding him.
The Cuban great, 35, believes the winner of their clash next week will be shamed into fighting him after he returns to BoxNation on March 12 and makes his British debut at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.
Local idol Jazza Dickens accepted the fight that the world’s best 122lb fighters are running from in a heartbeat, and immediately earned the unbeaten former world’s champions respect.
Rigo said: “Frampton and Quigg are cowards for running away from me, but Jazza accepted the challenge to face me and I respect him.
“I will fight anywhere and if Jazza wants I will even have the fight in his back yard, but at least he will step into the ring with me.
“I am coming to Liverpool to win and then I will beat Frampton and Quigg. I want to make a point to both of them. They know where to find me.”
Rigondeaux a double Olympic and world amateur champion is one of the world’s very best and perhaps most skilled operator in professional boxing.
Sometimes his ability has not been appreciated even by governing bodies. The WBO stripped him last October and days later the WBA took similar action and made him ‘Champion in Recess’.
The WBA want him the winner of Frampton v Quigg to face him this year, and a big performance in Liverpool may help force the fight.
British fans rushed to buy tickets for the show which is the chief support to Terry Flanagan’s WBO lightweight title defence against Derry Mathews when it was announced that Rigo would be in action.
And Rigondeaux who has recently teamed up with one of his old trainers, Pedro Diaz, added: I’m going to England to make a big statement there.
“Not having the belts is not an issue for me as people know that I’m the best super-bantamweight in the world.”
Rigondeaux who has won all 16 professional fights believes England may even become his boxing home, adding: “I would love to fight more in England.”
British champion Dickens, 24, was just nine years old when Rigondeaux won his first Olympic gold medal, but even then was dreaming of boxing him one day.
He added: “People say it is win-win for me, but I see it as win-lose. I am putting everything on the line for this fight.”
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