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Rigondeaux Vows: I'm The Champ, Style Won't Change!

By Ryan Burton

Guillermo Rigondeaux's future has been in limbo since his April 13th career defining victory over Nonito Donaire. The WBA/WBO super bantamweight king was offered a return date of September 28th, potentially against Chris Avalos, but turned the fight down because he wasn't given enough time to hold a full training camp. On a recent edition of BoxingScene Radio, the Cuban said that he hopes to return to the ring in November.

"I am ready to get in the ring now and start training full speed.  I should be ready to go by November. At the time (the fight was offered), they didn't give me enough notice.  As a champion I should be given the proper time to prepare for a fight," Rigondeaux explained.

Part of Rigondeaux's problem is that his defense first style isn't particularly crowd pleasing and HBO isn't in a rush to showcase him on their airwaves. With that being said, his style has been very effect and has produced two Olympic gold medals and an undefeated pro career. Rigondeaux said that he isn't going to do anything to alter his style. 

"I don't think I need to change anything. I am a champion.  I am a champion for a reason.  I am not going to change.  I am just going to keep doing what I am doing and that has been working for me," Rigondeaux told BoxingScene Radio.

To his credit, the 32-year-old said that he is willing to face anyone in his weight division. He has never ducked anyone in the division but outside of the Donaire fight, has had difficulty landing big name opponents.

"I don't have a problem fighting anyone. It is like I said, I will fight anybody and everybody.  you guys need ot understand that!  The problem is will they fight me! That is the way it is! It's not me, it is them who won't fight me," Rigondeaux stated.

You can listen to the interview in its entirety by clicking here:
http://www.boxingscene.com/bscene-radio-rigondeaux-santa-cruz-more-6pt-9et--68832

Send questions or comments to [email protected].  Follow Ryan on Twitter @ringsidewriter and tune in to BoxingScene Radio, BoxingScene's official audio show on Tuesdays from 6-8PM PST. The show is hosted by Ernie Gabion, Luis Sandoval and Ryan Burton.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by HeroBando on 08-22-2013

[QUOTE=Young Herschel;13672059]This is inaccurate - HBO has featured 122 pounders since Eric Morales won his WBC super bantamweight title in 1999. Manny Pacquaio also came on the HBO scene as a super bantamweight[/QUOTE] So you have to go back 10+…

Comment by Young Herschel on 08-22-2013

[QUOTE=HeroBando;13671242]Ward is: 1. American, good on the mic 2. A decent local draw 3. In a weight class that would get TV time regardless. HBO never showed fights below feather, until Donaire crossed over from Showtime[/QUOTE] This is inaccurate -…

Comment by MDPopescu on 08-22-2013

Rigo should simply go up in weight division.

Comment by keyz3r0 on 08-22-2013

That is really really sad... when a fighter thinks he should have[B] LOST A FIGHT [/B] to better his career... What kind of person is Bob Arum, to make a fighter get those kind of negative thoughts in his head?…

Comment by PACnPBFsuck on 08-22-2013

[QUOTE=Check_hooks;13671473]You got me on the Corrales vs JLC fight. But that was in 05 which was 8 years ago. The Bradley vs Prov fight was in March which was 5 MONTHS ago. Heres a recent list of over 1 million…

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