The Rigolution travels to Dubai, as Guillermo Rigondeaux is set for his next fight.
Miami's Rigondeaux (20-2, 13KOs)—a two-time Olympic Gold medalist and former lineal junior featherweight champ originally from Santiago de Cuba, Cuba— remains at bantamweight, where he faces Philippines Vincent Astrolabio (16-3, 12KOs) in a scheduled 12-round regional title fight. The bout headlines an eight-fight card taking place Saturday evening (local time) at Dubai Marina in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The show is streamed live on the YouTube channel of event promoter People's Fighters.
Jadier Herrera experienced a series of firsts in a hard-fought, unanimous decision win over Philippines' Mark John Yap. The 19-year-old Cuban—one of several on Saturday's show now based out of Dubai—overcame a flash knockdown to outpoint Yap by scores of 97-92, 98-91 and 99-91 to preserve his unbeaten record.
Yap lived up to his 'The Journey Man' nickname, accepting the fight on short notice and forcing Herrera to work throughout the ten-round affair. Herrera had never fought past the fourth round, nor had been extended the distance since turning pro last July.
Round eight saw Herrera climb off the canvas for the first time in his young career, as he was caught with his hands down and dropped by a clean right hand by Yap. Herrera beat the count and used the moment to intensify his own attack after figuring out that pure boxing wasn't going to turn away the scrappy Filipino.
Herrera (5-0, 4KOs) had Yap in trouble late in round nine, only to run out of time in hopes of closing the show. The Cuban southpaw continued to take the lead in the tenth and final round, with Yap (30-16, 15KOs) wisely fighting to survive.
Jesus Gamboa (4-0, 1KO) put on a body punching clinic in taking a six-round shutout win over India's Manish Ahlawat (3-2-1, 2KOs). No scores were announced, though Gamboa clearly won every round and nearly had Ahlawat on the verge of a stoppage on several occasions in ultimately settling for a lopsided victory.
Yan Marcos was forced to go the distance for the first time as a pro, taking an eight-round decision victory over Kinshasa's Mardochee Kuvesa Katembo (13-6-1, 0KOs). No scores were announced for the welterweight bout, which saw Marcos score knockdowns late in round two and early in round six but unable to put away Katembo, who has never been stopped as a pro.
The fight marked the first time Marcos fought beyond the second round since turning pro just four months ago. The 21-year-old Havana-bred southpaw—now based out of Dubai—was content to fight in counterpunching mode, resulting in a sloppy affair down the stretch though enough to preserve his unbeaten record.
Armando Martinez Rabi (5-0, 5KOs) was forced to enter uncharted territory to preserve his perfect knockout to win ratio. The unbeaten Cuban lightweight—now based out of Dubai—was extended into the sixth round before stopping Tanzania's Jackson Malinyingi (11-6-1, 3KOs) on his feet.
Martinez scored a body shot knockdown in round three and was in control throughout the steady but one-sided affair. Malinyingi proved his mettle, standing his ground and keeping Martinez honest even as he was losing rounds. Martinez—who never previously fought past the third round— landed a series of unanswered blows in the final round, with Malinyingi's corner literally waving the towel to prompt the referee to stop the contest at 1:56 of round six.
Jean Junior Messi Elime overcame a stiff challenge from Uganda's Ali Sserunkuma to earn a sixth-round stoppage in an entertaining junior welterweight affair. Messi Elime (5-0, 3KOs) closed the show in style, flooring Sserunkuma (1-1-1, 0KOs) with a left hook. Sserunkuma beat the count but was deemed unfit to continue by the referee who halted the contest at 0:55 of round six.
Messi Elime turned pro last February in his native Cameroon before relocating to Dubai, where has spent his past four fights.
Dayan Gonzalez made quick work of Egypt's Mostafa Elhamy (1-1, 0KOs), scoring a first-round knockout in the opening bout on the live stream. The brief affair saw Gonzalez (3-0, 2KOs)—a Cuban junior lightweight now based out of Dubai—immediately take the fight to Elhamy, rocking the Egyptian with an overhand right before a left hook to the body forced the full ten count midway through the first round. The official time was not announced.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox