Rigondeaux Signs With PBC Possible December Return
By Gary Kittilsen
Former super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux has officially joined Al Haymon and Premier Boxing Champions.
Rigondeaux is expected to return in December, likely on the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury undercard in Los Angeles On December 1. The Cuban has been out of the ring since last December when he suffered the only professional loss of his career, a one-sided loss to then WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko when Rigondeaux quit on his stool and complained about a hand injury following the sixth round in December of last year.
Rigondeaux is a former two time Olympic gold medallist and WBA super bantamweight champion but has been without a promoter since August when he split with former promoter Roc Nation Sports, who he had fought the last four years of his career with. The two parties mutually agreed to terminate their contract with one year remaining on the deal. Roc Nation Vice President and Managing Director Dino Duva told ESPN:
“We weren’t able to come up with anything significant for him, and he’s in the later part of his career, so if he’s a free agent, maybe he can go make a fight for himself. We’re OK with that and we wish him the best.”
The former champion is now 38, and assuming the two-time Cuban Olympic gold medallist ends up on the Wilder-Fury card on December 1 he still figures to be among the top 122 pound fighters in the world.
In the past, Rigo had problems major securing fights with the top super bantamweights in the world. Rigondeaux captured the WBA belt in 2012 when he destroyed Rico Ramos. A belt he went on to defended a total of eight times against solid names like Nonito Donaire, Joseph Agbeko and Hisashi Amagasa. Stylistically Rigondeaux is defensive minded, he makes his opposition miss often and look bad, because of his defensive style, he has been criticized by many as being boring.
This reputation as boring led to him be avoided by many top names, which led to various disputes between him and both Roc Nation and Top Rank before that. The disputes caused the former champ to be highly inactive during the past few years. Rigondeaux has compiled a career record of 17-1 (11) and his last win was back in July of 2016 against James Dickens in Cardiff, Wales.