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Arum on What It’d Take to Re-sign Guillermo Rigondeaux

by David P. Greisman

Junior-featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux’s final fight under his deal with promoter Top Rank will be on July 19 against Sod Looknongyantoy, a bout taking place in Macau, China, on a card also featuring Chinese star prospect Zou Shiming.

Rigondeaux’s falling out with Top Rank has been well-chronicled. Rigondeaux’s team feels the promoter hasn’t done enough to market him and his talent. Top Rank feels that Rigondeaux’s style isn’t marketable. And Rigondeaux went from defeating Nonito Donaire on HBO last year to waiting for a second date on that network. Then he got one and topped a reluctant Joseph Agbeko late last year on HBO, a bout that pulled in an incredibly low viewership rating for the network.

“My problem with Rigondeaux is that HBO won’t put him on the air,” Arum told BoxingScene.com on June 6. “So if HBO won’t put him on the air, then I only have one market for him, realistically, and that’s in Asia. So he’s fighting there on the 19th of July, and if he has a good performance, maybe they want him back. Then I’d re-sign him. But I’m not going to re-sign him if HBO won’t put him on and there’s no other market for him.”

And any new contract with Rigondeaux would need to have different minimum paydays, Arum said. There have been no conversations yet about a new contract, he said.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by thuggery on 06-10-2014

Why is everyone blaming Arum? It clearly says HBO won't put him on the air, plain and simple. Not much Arum could do. Maybe he should work on not being so boring?

Comment by Fighter Pilot on 06-10-2014

[QUOTE=HeroBando;14648153]WTF? Like who has Mares fought that Donaire avoided?[/QUOTE] Dude just sounds like a butthurt nationalistic fangirl. Donaire actually FOUGHT rungondeaux so how anyone can call him a ducker is beyond me. [QUOTE=Originally Posted by Erik1984] [B]Arum is an idiot.…

Comment by deanrw on 06-10-2014

Well if the networks don't want him, and the fans will not fill the seats for him, it is hard to give a guy 6 figure minimums. It is a promoters Job to Market and promote a fighter, and Arum…

Comment by HeroBando on 06-10-2014

[QUOTE=kombayn;14640283]Rigo needs to look at the smaller promoters like DiBella Entertainment, Gary Shaw Productions, Goossen Promotions, Warriors Boxing or Star Boxing for his next contract. Become one of the top guys in their stable, if HBO doesn't want to show…

Comment by HeroBando on 06-10-2014

[QUOTE=Erik1984;14636933]Arum is an idiot. He just likes to suck the money out of dumb PINOYS with Nonito ""the trash """ Donaire..... Even tho RIGO totally destroyed t,,,,the trash... I'm MEXICAN and to me RIGO is even better than MAYWEATHER .…

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