Is the Rigondeaux stripping of belts the apotheosis of his boxing career?
By Gerardo Granados: When Guillermo Rigondeaux got stripped from his WBO super bantam strap it was obvious that it would not take long before the WBA would do the same. It is evident that the boxer goal on prize fighting is to make as much money as he can because it is considerably a brief lapse of time that he will be able to work as prize fighter, but under that premise the competitive side of Boxing many times is now been overlooked in order to obtain big revenues.
While other boxers are allowed to keep their belts without defend them according to the organization rules, the less privileged will be stripped or stepped over when the organization manufactures belts to suit a bigger name or influential promoter.
When the WBC super-bantam titlist Leo Santacruz defeated Abner Mares last August 29 he became in the process the new WBA “super” World feather titlist but previous to that bout Jesus Cuellar was already the WBA “regular feather” organization champion.
It has recently been rumored that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr could be approved by the WBC to fight for the super middle strap against Badou Jack; how come could he get to jump over more deserving contenders is no mystery for the true fight fans.
How many times Manny Pacquiao defended his titles against the mandatory challenger? Why haven’t the WBA and WBC stripped Floyd Mayweather from his 154 belts and why was he allowed to keep them for so long without even defend the belts?
I think that the only one to blame for the stripping of belts is Rigondeaux himself, he should at least have stayed active taking any top ten contender available or had asked the WBA and WBO to enforce his mandatory to fight him agreeing to a purse bid.
If Chacal understood that prize fighting is different from the amateurs by now he would have amazed a big amount of money instead of wasting invaluable time staying inactive. A prize fighter must please the crowd in order to gain big purses even if it means to please not only the boxing purists.
It’s rumored that now Nonito Donaire could get a shot at the vacant WBO super bantam title; also the WBA will allow “regular belt holder” Scott Quigg to act as the genuine organization champion and to unify titles against IBF Carl Frampton.
While it is an aberration to the natural course of a competition it might make sense as for the goal of prize fighting.
If when Rigondeaux held the belts simply wasn’t able to defend them for so long, so now that he has been stripped of them who would want to fight him?
It’s the right time for this special boxer to understand the business side of Pro Boxing and to challenge himself to please the crowd. This cannot be the end of his career but instead the rebirth of it. Rigondeaux has all the tools to succeed in prize fighting and it is a shame he is not getting the attention and money he should.
I want to ask to the readers, will the stripping of Rigondeaux titles be the apotheosis or the rebirth of his boxing career?
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