by Elisinio Castillo
Caribe Promotions CEO Boris Arencibia, who co-promotes WBO/WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8KOs) is frustrated with his boxer being hit with the complete blame for the failure of last Saturday's fight against Josesph Agbeko at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The fight lacked action, most fans walked out before or during the fight, and the card drew poor ratings on HBO.
Arencibia says Rigondeaux wanted to fight in Miami where he sells tickets. He also says there was a lack of promotion for the fight by HBO, and most of the crown came to see Glen Tapia, a local fan favorite, and left after Tapia was knocked out by James Kirkland. With the fight itself, he says Agbeko took no chances in the fight and was looking to go the twelve round distance.
"From the beginning we wanted to make this card in Miami. Whenever Rigo fought in this area he sold more than 2,500 tickets. The people [in Atlantic City] were there to see Glenn Tapia, and most of them had no interest in Rigondeaux or anything else, but our hands were tied on that," he told George Ebro.
"There was a lack of promotion for Rigo's fight. A mention here, another there, but compare that to the other fighter they promote. Beyond that, it took too long to schedule a fight for Rigo since the win over Nonito Donaire [in April]. All of this is frustrating."
"Rigo is not looking to evade responsibility [for the lack of action], but he is the champion. He doesn't want to give Agbeko any chance to take the title. Agbeko has no name. Rigo could have thrown more punches, but at the end of the day the end result would be the same. Shouldn't Agbeko be the one to take chances to win the title?" Agbeko disappointed everyone. So it bothers me now that Rigo is taking all of the blame."
"Now my goal is to return Rigo in full force in 2014 against the best possible opponents and we are committed as ever to bring a large event to Miami for to once and for all break the fake myth that Cubans do not support Cuban fighters."Tags: Guillermo Rigondeaux