Rigondeaux’s new attitude can bring him a lot of attention
By Gerardo Granados: The current WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo “Chacal” Rigondeaux (W14(9)-L0-D0) knocked out in only one round contender Sod Kokietgym (W63(28)-L3-D1); in a fight that I will admit did not care to watch live, but after finally seen it I was pleased with what I saw.
In the past I’ve been critical of Rigondeaux boxing style and have urged him to try to please the crowd, but in this fight I saw something different in him and now it seems like “Chacal” started to understand that he can take advantage of his great boxing skills while giving fight fans what they paid to watch.
It is true that the contender was not much of a threat for Rigondeaux nor was high ranked, its true that there was an accidental head butt that put Kokietgym on the canvas and it is also true that Rigondeaux hit him right after they touched gloves surprising Sod but the rules are clear: “protect yourself at all times” so you can’t call it a cheap shot. But no one can say it was not pleasant to see Rigondeaux go for the kill with such determination.
Something has changed, now Rigondeaux showed a killer instinct and didn’t shut off the round, he stayed at the center of the ring at fight range moving only the necessarily showing the audience his superior defensive boxing skills while counter-punching with hard rights looking for to hurt Kokietgym.
Chacal has a more fan friendly boxing style and my perception of him as a prize fighter has changed too, it was entertaining to see him fight the way he did and literally I saw a hungry Jackal inside that ring trying to devour his prey.
Hopefully the rest of the lions at the super bantamweight division pay attention and accept the challenge to unify. IBF Champion Kiko Martinez and WBC Champion Leo Santa Cruz fights would have a good potential to end in a great battle now that Rigondeaux has decided to not just to outpoint but to destroy anyone who stands in his way to stardom and bigger purses.
Maybe I let myself go too soon but this is definitively a step towards the correct direction for the professional boxing career of Rigondeaux. Congratulations to the Chacal and I hope to see you back in the ring soon. But what about the reader, do you think Rigondeaux new attitude can bring him a lot of attention?
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