Are you ready for Rigondeaux vs. Dickens?
By Gerardo Granados: Next Saturday July 16 at the Ice Arena Wales the super bantamweight Champion of the World WBA Guillermo Chacal Rigondeaux with a record of W16-L0-D0 will try to defend his crown against contender James Dickens with a record of W22-L1-D0.
At 35 years of age, southpaw Rigondeaux has no time left to waste. Kronos won’t forgive Rigondeaux, just as Kronos boxing is merciless and never forgives the lions who grow old inside the ring. Being Chacal 5´4” tall and 68” reach, it makes it hard for him to be demanded to move up to the featherweight division, where he would give not only considerable height and reach advantage and also considerable size advantage.
Chacal is one of the most avoided boxers in the planet; after his solid performance against by then considered to be the best super bantam Nonito Donaire, Rigondeaux has been struggling to get the so called big names to fight him. Also his fighting style, that do pleases boxing purist, seem to not to be highly appreciated by the majority of fight fans, whom instead prefer to watch a more fan friendly style of fighting.
On times, I wonder if Rigondeaux could try to find a way to adjust his fighting style, to one more similar to the one flyweight Champion of the World Roman Chocolatito Gonzalez practices.
His fight against James Dickens was originally scheduled to take place two months ago but due unusual visa issues, the fight was cancelled. So it has been a really long time in which inactivity has been the biggest rival for Rigondeaux.
It surprise me how a couple of top boxing analyst have tried their best to justify the mismatch between avoided middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin and welter belt holder Kell Brook, but at the same time, they have not given the same effort to support Rigondeaux, who has been avoided like the plague.
Under the premise made by that group of boxing analyst, who defend Golovkin vs Brook to be a good fight we the fight fans should end up thinking that to cherry pick is an acceptable practice. But then why isn’t Guillermo Rigondeaux picking on smaller foes too?
Can the reader imagine the super bantam king Guillermo Rigondeaux picking on super flyweight IBF McJoe Arroyo or WBC Carlos Cuadras. Would fight fans or boxing writers give Chacal a pass and also try to justify such mismatch?
Maybe this time Rigondeaux will finally be able to please the crowd. Perhaps no one should write off southpaw Dickens because this is a fight that can change his life if he wins. But for sure, this is a real title fight between the most avoided division champion and a super bantam contender.
I won’t lie to the readers, Chacal has disappointed me more than once with his lack of killer instinct, but somehow due his exquisite boxing skills, I still believe he can turn the table around and become a big attraction.
I am ready to watch a legit title fight next Saturday and I want to make clear that am not referring to the Deontay Wilder versus Chris Arreola bout. But what about the readers; are you ready for Rigondeaux vs Dickens?
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