By Elisinio Castillo
Former world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1, 11 KO) is hoping to get in position to reclaim a title at super bantamweight, but he's also very open to fight the big names at featherweight - according to the boxer's manager Alex Bornote.
Earlier this week, Rigondeaux was stripped of the WBA title at 122-pounds - because he moved up by two weight divisions to 130 to challenge WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
Rigondeaux was stopped by Lomachenko after six rounds of action, after the Cuban boxer cited an injury to his left hand.
The first plan for Rigondeaux's future is to explore the options at 122, before looking at the lucrative names at 126.
"We will definitely go back to super bantamweight, where they say can say what they want to say, but Rigondeaux is the best in the world," said Bornote,to George Ebro. "We would only fight in 126 with a major opponent, a Santa Cruz or a Mares. ''
"Let's tell the truth, Rigo went up to give the world what the world wanted. He moved up because nobody, absolutely nobody wanted to face him at 122 pounds. Where were those champions when he called them? Once in the ring, with the injured hand, he realized that it would be very difficult to beat Lomachenko "
Bornote is still steamed with the WBA's decision not only to remove Rigondeaux of the title, but also to remove him from the rankings.
"The removal of the belt is already controversial and unfair, but having been removed from any position in the rankings - that is something really cruel," added Bornote. "You have to be very clumsy to leave Guillermo Rigondeaux without a place in first 10 ranked spots. That is something nobody believes it.''
"The defeat is tough, but nobody took more risk, nor did he have more to lose than Rigo. I repeat that at 122 there is no one better than him.."