By Ryan Burton
Wynn Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas- WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux is thrilled to be able to defend his title on Saturday night against Roberto Marroquin. Boxingscene recently caught up with the two time Olympic gold medal winner who admitted that at times he didn't think the fight would push through.
"I kept training for the fight but at times I wasn't sure the fight would happen. Thanks to God it is going to happen but at a few different times I thought I wasn't going to get to fight. Thankfully we got everything worked out," stated Rigondeaux.
The Cuban fighter is a free agent after this fight and was noncommittal when I asked him if he planned on resigning with his current promoter Top Rank.
"After this fight we are going to sit down and talk about it. They are paying me peanuts. I'm getting nothing for these fights. I need to get paid better and we are going to sort that out after the fight," Rigondeaux told BoxingScene.
Rigondeaux has chased big money fights against the top fighters in his division without success. He has campaigned for a showdown against WBO/IBF champion Nonito Donaire ever since the Filipino moved up to the bantamweight division. I asked Rigondeaux if he felt he was any closer to getting his dream fight.
"What do you think?" Said Rigondeaux directing the question back to me. "I will fight any of these guys. Any of them. You need to ask Nonito. I've always said I would fight him. He's never said he would fight me," Rigondeaux concluded.
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