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Arum: I Want Rigondeaux To Be More Fan-Friendly

by David P. Greisman

Bob Arum of Top Rank has been outspoken about the repercussions of Guillermo Rigondeaux’s decision win over Nonito Donaire this past April. While the win established Rigondeaux as the champion at 122 pounds, the manner in which he boxed his way to victory didn’t bring a level of marketability befitting his accomplishments.

After an extended period in which Rigondeaux didn’t have a return date on television, he’s at last set to appear on HBO on Dec. 7 in a bout against Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko.

“I think Rigondeaux deserves to be back on television. I just hope he fights a more fan-friendly fight in his next fight,” Arum said on Oct. 18 at the weigh-in for Mike Alvarado vs. Ruslan Provodnikov.

Rigondeaux captured gold at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, turned pro in 2009, won an interim world title in his seventh fight and has been a “full” titleholder since his ninth fight. He is now 12-0 with 8 knockouts — and has spoken of not needing to alter his style to be more fan-friendly.

“I don’t think I need to change anything. I’m a champion. I’m a champion for a reason. That’s not going to change,” Rigondeaux said on an August episode of BoxingScene Radio. “I am just going to keep doing what I am doing and that has been working for me.”

Arum said he’s spoken with Rigondeaux’s team about being more entertaining with his performances.

“They promised me that it will happen,” Arum said. “In order to be desired by television, you have to have the people who are watching entertained. That’s what it’s about. It’s not like a baseball game, where if you win, you win. In boxing, you got to win and you got to entertain.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MDPopescu on 10-23-2013

[QUOTE=Light_Speed;13866137]It's not the first comment, there's a video on youtube where he says the only way Rigondeaux would become a star is if Fidel Castro co-promotes. All these statements are out there on the web, anybody who searches rigondeaux on…

Comment by budfr on 10-23-2013

Its not gonna happen. Its like telling Mayweather, Lara, Broner or Bradley to be fan friendly. Its nit gonna happen, period.

Comment by richardt on 10-23-2013

[QUOTE=kozone;13866367]What I originally quoted you on was the fact you said Rigo got booed against Ramos! What I then stated was the obvious in that Rigo knocked him out!! So if you want to continue to call me a fool…

Comment by kozone on 10-22-2013

[QUOTE=richardt;13865882]You fool, my opinion was not what you originally quoted. You quoted my analysis of HBO/Arum situation and why Rigo was shunned and you ranted on like that was what I personally believed. I will spell it out for you:…

Comment by The Ninth Layer on 10-22-2013

[QUOTE=Light_Speed;13866137]It's not the first comment, there's a video on youtube where he says the only way Rigondeaux would become a star is if Fidel Castro co-promotes. All these statements are out there on the web, anybody who searches rigondeaux on…

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