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Guillermo Rigondeaux's Trainer Lashes Out at HBO's Jim Lampley

By Ben Jacobs

The normally mild-mannered Cuban trainer, Pedro Diaz, recently expressed his dismay at the actions of HBO commentator Jim Lampley subsequent to Guillermo Rigondeaux’s fight against Moises Flores on June 17.  Originally, Rigondeaux was declared the winner by knockout after he floored his Mexican opponent with a left hand at the end of the first round.  On review the Nevada Commission changed the result to a no decision. 

Díaz, speaking to BoxingScene.com, believes that it was not Lampley’s place to be repeatedly questioning Bob Bennett, Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, as to whether Rigondeaux punched after the bell.

“It’s incredible that Jim Lampley kept insisting to the head of the Nevada commission after the fight, I don’t know if that’s in his job description. He kept asking and insisting about it, I don’t know what his role was in all this.  I think he must have something against Rigondeaux,” Díaz fumed.

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“It’s incredible that a boxer and his team work hard for ten to twelve weeks, put on a good fight for the fans and then after that a “commentator” wants to steal the show giving his opinions not based on reality.  It doesn’t help the sport and it leaves a bad taste for the fans who truly know the sport.  At the end of the day it’s the fans who pay and evaluate a fight honestly.  The fans know about Rigondeaux’s great qualities both as a boxer and as a person.

“I want to say that Max Kellerman is a man who knows a lot about boxing, and appreciates Rigondeaux,” Pedro continued. 

“Roy Jones Jr also has a very high opinion of ‘Rigo’ as do Andre Ward and Floyd Mayweather.  I thought the way Lampley carried on was ridiculous.  I give Kellerman a lot of credit, even though he is young, he knows more about boxing than Jim Lampley.”

Speaking via telephone from his home in Miami, Florida, the annoyance in Díaz’s voice was palpable.  Perhaps it is the repeated comments throughout his professional career that Rigondeaux is perceived by some in the game as being a boring fighter that has contributed to his frustration, culminating in the outburst aimed at Lampley.

“I trained Rigondeaux for the Nonito Donaire fight, in which he gave him a beating.  I trained him for the Joseph Agbeko fight, in which he made Agbeko look ridiculous.  Where was Agbeko’s usual punch output?  I trained him for the James Dickens fight, he broke his jaw in the second round, and now for this fight he won by first round knockout.

“I’ll say this, Dan Rafael is a journalist who has criticised ‘Rigo’ a lot in the past for being boring, but even he admitted that ‘Rigo’ put on a show.  So, I’m not sure what Lampley has against him.  I think he should take lessons from Kellerman.

“I respect HBO but I don’t know why Lampley called the commissioner over, not just once but kept insisting.  I just want to know if a commentator should be doing that?  They wanted a show from ‘Rigo’, well, he gave them one.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by garfios on 07-08-2017

[QUOTE=iamboxing;17840263]Lampley isn't just a commentator, he asks what the fans want to know and he has the HBO show The Fight Game, just because Kellerman **** his pants as usual you like him. I actually like Merchant and Lampley working…

Comment by garfios on 07-08-2017

[QUOTE=TOBYLEE1;17840212]Horrible because I wanted to see Rigo dismantle this guy and get back into the conversations for legit match ups. This fight does nothing for him or boxing[/QUOTE] Agreed on that sense. A least has been covered by the press…

Comment by iamboxing on 07-08-2017

Lampley isn't just a commentator, he asks what the fans want to know and he has the HBO show The Fight Game, just because Kellerman **** his pants as usual you like him. I actually like Merchant and Lampley working…

Comment by TOBYLEE1 on 07-08-2017

[QUOTE=garfios;17833568]That wasn't a horrible fight. That was a movie with one bad actor. The guy threw a punch after the belt and didn't land, because the Cuban is faster. Both threw after the bell but before that the guy got…

Comment by etech1 on 07-06-2017

[QUOTE=peplz;17836063]In other words, they need to go see a psychiatrist...[/QUOTE] Lol.......

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