Guillermo Rigondeaux to fight on HBO in December
By Chris Williams: WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KO’s) will be fighting on HBO this December on either the 7th or 14th of the month. HBO, which was said to not be interested in televising Rigondeaux’s fight on their network, have done an about face and agreed to show Rigondeaux’s next fight.
There isn’t an opponent yet for this date, but let’s hope that it’s someone better than the name that was floated recently in Chris Avalos.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said to ESPN “Every time I mention him [Rigondeaux], they [HBO] throws up…He will definitely fight on HBO in December. We’re working on a good fight.”
HBO wants to throw up after Rigondeaux’s win over Nonito Donaire? Why aren’t they throwing up about Donaire’s loss?
Rigondeaux defeated Nonito Donaire by a 12 round unanimous decision last April by the scores 116-111, 115-112 and 114-113.
A better score for the fight would be 117-111 or even 120-109. There’s no way that the fight was as close as the judges that had it 115-112 and 114-113 score. That was like the scoring on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight where one judge saw it as a draw.
Donaire was totally dominated by Rigondeaux and made to look ridiculous, and it’s just too bad that boxing is continuing to be plagued by horrible scoring of fights. You just want to get a big broom and sweep out all the judges and start over with a fresh crew that can start from scratch.
Donaire won’t be facing Rigondeaux in December, because Donaire has picked out an older fighter that he already beat 6 years ago in Vic Darchinyan. Whatever meaning that the Donaire-Darchinyan rematch would have had years ago has been completely lost with Darchinhyan now close to 40 at 37, and having lost 2 out of his last 4 fights.
Rigondeaux has a number of decent opponents that would be perfect for him like Carl Frampton, Scott Quigg, or Kiko Martinez. None of those fights are going to happen; not now, and probably not ever.
Rigondeaux will likely get a contender that was recently beaten like Jonathon Romero or Victor Terrazas. I highly doubt that Top Rank will get anyone really interesting for Rigondeaux. We’ve only see Rigondeaux fight one interesting opponent during his time with Top Rank, and that was Donaire.