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 Last update:  5/4/2014       Read more by David P. Greisman         
Rigondeaux to Face Jonathan Guzman 7/19 in Macau
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by David P. Greisman

Junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux will defend his world titles on July 19 against undefeated prospect Jonathan Guzman, according to tweets on Sunday morning from Rigondeaux’s manager, Gary Hyde.

The bout in the Chinese gambling mecca of Macau will be part of a card also featuring flyweights Brian Viloria and Zou Shiming in separate bouts.

This will be Rigondeaux’s first fight of 2014, coming more than seven months after a snoozer of a win over Joseph Agebko on HBO, a bout in which Agbeko did little to engage, throwing just 29 punches per round and landing an average of four per round.

This will also be Rigondeaux’s last fight under his current contract with Top Rank, according to Hyde.

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.

Guzman, a 24-year-old from the Dominican Republic, is 16-0 with knockouts in all of his wins, plus 1 no contest. His recent wins, according to BoxRec, were a first-round knockout of an opponent with a record of 2-29 and a third-round stoppage over a foe whose record was 0-4-1. Only three of Guzman’s wins have come against opponents listed as having winning records: second-round stoppages over guys listed at 6-4 and 12-8, and a sixth-round win over a foe listed at 10-3-1.

Half of his 16 wins have come against fighters who have never won a pro bout beforehand. One of his wins came against a guy with just one victory on his record going into the fight. Three came against men who had but two wins on their record. That means that 12 of his 16 wins, or 75 percent, came against opponents with zero, one or two wins on their record.

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Tags: Guillermo Rigondeaux , Jonathan Guzman , Rigondeaux-Guzman , Rigondeaux vs. Guzman


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comment by Andre Wardttke, on 05-05-2014
[QUOTE=Tobi.G]What a poor opponent for Rigo.[/QUOTE] No one wants to face him. He's too good and can't draw flies. There's no money to be made fighting him and he'll probably be handing his opponent a loss. Eddie Hearn said he would rather have Scott Quigg vacate than fight Rigondeaux. ...

comment by Young Herschel, on 05-05-2014
[QUOTE=No Tomorrow]Guillermo is gonna have to start talking a lot of ***** if he wants to get noticed and become a bigger attraction. Start calling guys out, say outlandish things because if not then there's little Arum will be able to do with him in terms of making him a crossover star. Too b...

comment by illpapi, on 05-05-2014
[QUOTE=DannYankee09]Guzman still boxing? I guess this is the equivalent of a suicide hail mary. I know people scared of Rigondeaux the career/life traumatizer but there has to be someone out there man enough to not just talk and actually step up. Well at least the options should widen after this....

comment by Tobi.G, on 05-05-2014
What a poor opponent for Rigo.

comment by DoktorSleepless, on 05-04-2014
[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll]How do you figure? Arum badmouths him constantly and doesn't have anyone in his stable at 122 to match him against.[/QUOTE] Rigo will find out getting badmouthed while getting paid is a lot better than not being badmouthed while not getting paid. I'm willing to bet Rigo's l...

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