Barry McGuigan will let Carl Frampton sharpen his skills before facing Guillermo Rigondeaux
Barry McGuigan admits Carl Frampton is not ready for Guillermo Rigondeaux, but backs him to beat the other belt holders.
Last Updated: 17/04/13 11:34pm
Rigondeaux holds the WBO and WBA belts following his points win over Nonito Donaire in last weekend's unification clash.
Frampton has world title ambitions of his own and is closing on the division's big names after taking the European title with a dramatic stoppage win over Kiko Martinez in February.
McGuigan, who is Frampton's manager, is confident that the Belfast man can step-up to world level, but feels he needs a few more fights before pitting his skills against the classy Cuban.
He told the Ringside Toe 2 Toe podcast: "Few things about Rigondeaux, he's going to be hard to promote. He doesn't draw a big crowd. He's the chairman of the who needs him club.
"From my perspective Carl's not ready for him yet, so we need another year at least to develop Carl.
"It's all about picking the right fights at the right time for your fighter as he comes up through the ranks. Carl's ready to box any of the other world champions, but Rigondeaux is a class act.
"I think he is a wee bit out of our reach at this stage, but he won't always be. At the moment Carl's not ready for him."
Frampton is expected to return in June after recovering from a perforated ear drum, but McGuigan insists he will not be facing domestic rival Scott Quigg in the near future.
"I think that's further away than ever quite honestly," he said. "We want the fight, but it doesn't seem like they want it, so I think we have passed that. We are looking at other opponents and have a number of them in mind.
"We realised quite a while ago that wasn't going to happen and we went down the Commonwealth route. Then we won European, so as far as we are concerned we're past him.
"Having said that, I still respect the kid, he's a very nice lad. He's a very good fighter and he will be a tough enough fight when it comes around."