Team Francisco Claim Rigondeaux Refused The Fight

by Ronnie Nathanielsz

Elmer Anuran, manager of world-ranked Filipino super bantamweight Drian Francisco claims that WBA champion Guillermo Rigondeaux "refused to fight Drian after a thorough review."

Anuran, quoting a supposed statement from Zanfer Promotions headed by Fernando Beltran, said Rigondeaux "opted to reconsider the Thai (Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym) who was his original foe."

Francisco's manager said, "They (Rigondeaux's camp) believe there's a higher risk fighting Drian."

Anuran earlier informed Standard that his fighter and his trainer Justin Fortune had accepted an offer to fight the WBA champion and thought there was a chance for the Filipino to score an upset over the two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist.

However, Rigondeaux' manager, Gary Hyde, told that they had decided to defend the WBA title against Poonsawat (48-2, 33KO), a former two-time title challenger.

Hyde said there was some discussion about a fight with Filipino contender Drian Francisco (23-1-1, 18KOs), but that the unbeaten champ has already signed a contract for Poonsawat.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Light_Speed on 11-07-2012

Good news, that fight was a joke. [QUOTE=sinontec;12674143]Canelo would ko these bums any day!!![/QUOTE] Either you're joking about Canelo fighting smaller guys or you don't know they're in different weightclasses which means ydsab. [QUOTE=devildg;12674256]yea some clips of the kid looks…

Comment by Bermuda on 11-07-2012

it's good that rigo's team turned down francisco...francisco vs rigo is a bs fight.

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 11-07-2012

Lol That's right, kid. Rigo is avoiding you to fight "Ring" magazine's number "2".

Comment by komandante on 11-07-2012

Rigondeaux a so called elite fighter refused to fight the more dangerous Filipino. The same with another Cuban Gamboa doesn't want to take risk on fighting Rios. Poonsawat has credentials but less competitive than Drian Francisco. Donaire is right, Rigo…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 11-07-2012

Lol this bum ass no name... He brings nothing to the table compared to Poon. [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from App for Android[/I][/SIZE]

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