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Guillermo Rigondeaux Approved Francisco, HBO Did Not

By Rick Reeno

According to multiple sources who were involved in the negotiations, WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8KOs) approved all of the opponents that were presented by Top Rank. In an earlier article, the management of Filipino contender Drian Francisco (23-1-1, 18KOs) were claiming that Rigondeaux turned them down in favor of Thailand's rugged former beltholder Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (48-2, 33KOs). However, that is not the case.

BoxingScene.com was informed that Poonsawat was always the frontrunner and the preferred opponent by HBO. At no time was Francisco approved by HBO, and none of the involved parties expected the network to approve him.

Rigondeaux-Poonsawat will take place on December 15th as part of an HBO televised doubleheader from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The main event will feature another super bantamweight title fight, with Nonito Donaire defending his WBC Diamond/WBO titles against Mexican star Jorge Arce.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by AnKhang on 11-08-2012

I'm sure this will not be the last time we'll be hearing of Drian Francisco. The kid has a lot of upside. On the other hand, I'm glad that it will be Poon fighting Rigo. IMO, he is the better…

Comment by SlimTim on 11-08-2012

[QUOTE=Light_Speed;12674977]HBO forces guys who aren't big draws to fight tough opponents. If Rigo was as popular as Chavez Jr they would have accepted Francisco.[/QUOTE] That is very true. If Rig had big star potential like Chavez he could fight Jose…

Comment by Russian Crushin on 11-07-2012

[QUOTE=Light_Speed;12674977]HBO forces guys who aren't big draws to fight tough opponents. If Rigo was as popular as Chavez Jr they would have accepted Francisco.[/QUOTE] Good job by HBO then

Comment by lazarito52 on 11-07-2012

Rigo is two times olimpic gold medalist and two times world amateur champ , he fights evryone like he did in the amateurs and olimpics where there is no cherry picking ; the best must fight the best. Francisco ,…

Comment by badsky_pogi on 11-07-2012

darchi thing was different for nonits was still unknown before that time, aside fro the bellt that darchi has, he also wants to avenge his brother and for darchi's bad mouthing

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