Can Guillermo Rigondeaux be beaten by any of the current super bantamweights?
By Cameron Gillon: WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KO’s) is no doubt a very talented boxer. He won gold medals in the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney and then four years later went on to win gold once again in Athens in 2004. All together the Cuban born boxer has won eight gold medals in all games which is outstanding. He turned professional in May of 2009 and won his first world title in just his 9th fight against Rico Ramos in January 2012 at the Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas Nevada.
In his 12th bout he faced his toughest opponent thus far in Nonito Donaire the WBO and Ring magazine super bantamweight world titles in April o 2013. Rigondeaux got knocked down by Donaire but came back and won on a 12 round unanimous decision. As of now, Rigondeaux holds the WBA, WBO and the Ring Magazine world titles in just 13 fights which is excellent.
My question is, is there anyone out there in the super bantamweight division who can beat Guillermo Rigondeaux? A few names who come to peoples mind is the WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz or possibly the British fighters Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton. If I had to pick a name who has the best chance it would be Frampton with a close second of Santa Cruz. Frampton has a upcoming world title with IBF champion Kiko Martinez who of course Frampton knocked out in 2013, and many expect the Brit to come out victorious once again.
This sets up a possible big unification fight in the future between Rigondeax and Frampton or possibly Rigondeaux vs Santa Cruz. In my eyes the super bantamweight division is a very exciting one now, for anyone to be called the best in the division they will have to beat the Cuban, but will anyone?
Rigondeux, 33, will be returning to the ring next month to finish out the final fight of his Top Rank contract in a title defense against 37-year-old #10 WBA Sod Kokietgym (63-2-1, 28 KO’s) on July 19th at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.
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