by David P. Greisman
The scheduled July 19 fight between 122-pound champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and undefeated prospect Jonathan Guzman will be Rigondeaux’s final fight under his current contract with Top Rank — and manager Gary Hyde wrote on Twitter Sunday morning that they are open to all offers from promoters.
Hyde has spoken out on multiple occasions about his issues with the way Top Rank has promoted his fighter and the manner in which the company’s executive, Bob Arum, has spoken of Rigondeaux.
“When you take out the [Willie] Casey and [Rico] Ramos fights, which I organised, Top Rank will have organised just seven of Rigo's fights in four years,” Hyde wrote on Twitter. “When you consider Donaire, who Rigo schooled, fought four times in 2012, it begs the question why is the [pound for pound] no.3 so inactive.
“Rigo is the most avoided world champion in boxing right now. None of the other 'belt holders' or their promoters will even mention his name, never mind call him out. Let's hope that Rigo will get at least 3 fights per year for the next three years from his new promoter so that boxing fans will get the chance to see his freakish talent and appreciate this boxing genius.”
And this is what Hyde told BoxingScene.com earlier this year:
"Bob Arum has failed in many respects to promote my fighter. One of his duties as a promoter is to influence the TV and the public to appreciate Rigo's unique sublime skills. People respect Bob Arum's pinion, and when he knocks his own fighter for beating up every fighter he has faced, the fans listen to him."
Rigondeaux, a 33-year-old two-time Olympic gold medalist originally from Cuba, is 13-0 with 8 knockouts as a pro. He is the RING champion and the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organization titleholder at 122 pounds, with his biggest win coming in a decision over Nonito Donaire in April 2013.
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