Rigondeaux: Negotiations Are Underway To Face Avalos

By Ryan Burton

The WBO recently ordered a purse bid for a fight between WBO/WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and top contender Chris Avalos. Rigondeaux's promotional contract with Top Rank expired after his July knockout victory over Sod Kokietgym. Top Rank is also Avalos' promoter.

While Rigondeaux would prefer a unification bout with Kiko Martinez or Leo Santa Cruz, he said that he has no problem facing the Southern California based Avalos.

"I don't have any problem fighting Chris Avalos.  I would be happy to have this fight but everything has to be negotiated.  I want to fight and I want to fight as soon as possible.  That fight is not a problem for me," said Rigondeaux.

The former amateur standout's last fight took place in Macau, China.  Rigondeaux said that his next fight will be in the United States and that he has zero interest in a return trip to Asia.

"The fight will be in the United States.  I already fought in China. That is done.  The next fight will be here in the United States.  Part of the negotiations is to have the fight here in the United States," Rigondeaux told

The 33-year-old defensive wizard won his last fight by 1st round knockout but has been criticized in the past for being a safety first fighter and not being aggressive enough for some fans liking.  I asked Rigondeaux if he felt his first round knockout would silence some of the criticism.

"There will always be critics.  If you win by decision or by knockout they will still criticize you.  I always do my job and give 100%.  Some people may criticize but they know that I am very successful and that is why I am a super champion," Rigondeaux stated.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by turnedup on 08-30-2014

[QUOTE=Tom Cruise;14896871]Ward has nothing left at SMW. Same to an extent for Floyd at WW... Rigondeaux has 3 great fights at his current weight with Frampton, LSC and Quigg. Why would we want him to move up?[/QUOTE] I asked the…

Comment by Young Herschel on 08-30-2014

[QUOTE=turnedup;14896704]Question (This is just asking for your god's honest opinion): Why are some boxers like Ward, Floyd, Rigo etc who have dominated their division never under any pressure to move up a division from their own fans? I ask this…

Comment by Trudoe the.. on 08-30-2014

[QUOTE=NEETzsche;14895608]i'd like to see rigonseaux fight frampton [B]in northern ireland[/B] frampton is the real deal imo, and the best challenge for rigo at that weight[/QUOTE] Why in Northern Ireland? So if Rigo doesn't KO him they can rob him on…

Comment by Money Uno on 08-29-2014

good fight for rigo. avalos is a very dangerous fighter more than nonito.

Comment by Tom Cruise on 08-29-2014

[QUOTE=turnedup;14896704]Question (This is just asking for your god's honest opinion): Why are some boxers like Ward, Floyd, Rigo etc who have dominated their division never under any pressure to move up a division from their own fans? I ask this…

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