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Rigondeaux's Manager: Good Progress Made With HBO

By Mike Coppinger

Guillermo Rigondeaux has sat and waited for his next fight.

According to Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, HBO "threw up" every time the two-time Olympic gold medalist was mentioned for possible bouts on the network.

But HBO's feelings might be changing.

Rigondeaux' manager, Gary Hyde, tells BoxingScene that significant headway has been made toward securing a fall date for the undefeated Cuban.

"Bob Arum said he has made good progress with HBO," Hyde said, "and he is confident he will have a date soon."

Hyde said the date and opponent for Rigondeaux's proposed return is unknown at this juncture.

Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs) schooled Nonito Donaire on HBO in April, but according to Arum and Hyde, the network has shunned the undefeated junior featherweight champ, citing an unentertaining style that isn't made for TV.

When reached for comment, HBO Sports told BoxingScene, "We don't comment on fights that aren't made."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Suavecito80 on 07-22-2013

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;13578675]You've seen another fight, chap... Donaire got tagged so bad in the very first round, when he rushed ahead -- and that's why he stayed super-cautious the rest of the fight. In round 10, Donaire delivered his only good punch…

Comment by newcastleking on 07-22-2013

If lil Floyd Catchweather boxes scientifically people defend em and call it boxing, but if other avoided champions like Rigondeaux or Miguel Vasquez do it they get called boring fighters and runners. This is b u l l sh it.

Comment by MDPopescu on 07-22-2013

[QUOTE=mrpizza-nd_beer;13578371]Rigo tried to go toe to toe with Donaire and got knocked down NOT IN THE FIRST ROUND! If Nonito wasn't aggressive with the knock down he surely would kill Rigo if he should show aggression![/QUOTE] You've seen another fight,…

Comment by littlemac on 07-22-2013

Can't wait to see Rigo back making fighters eat their own leather. [IMG]http://i40.tinypic.com/i79b9t.jpg[/IMG]

Comment by mrpizza-nd_beer on 07-22-2013

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;13577610]Like he managed to take out all Donaire's "aggressiveness" with one punch in the first round? Donaire looked disoriented since then... Amatuerish, huh?[/QUOTE] Rigo tried to go toe to toe with Donaire and got knocked down NOT IN THE FIRST…

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