By Elisinio Castillo
WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8KOs) is getting fed up with what he is calling a "lack of respect" from his promoter, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. Rigondeaux doesn't feel he is getting the proper support since beating Nonito Donaire earlier this year. Rigondeaux's return has yet to be finalized, but Donaire is already booked to return on HBO on November 9th.
Rigondeaux is reaching the point where he wants to get the proper support or requests that Arum void out their promotional agreement.
"Here is what bothers me, the lack of respect from Top Rank and Bob Arum, who makes jokes in bad taste - like the one where he says that in order to become a superstar Fidel Castro has to come down and promote me or how the people at HBO vomit when they hear my name. [HBO] recently paid homage to all of the champions and [Top Rank/HBO] did not invite me. They say they're going to give me exposure on this card and that card and then forget those promises. Everything is a lack of respect," Rigondeaux told George Ebro.
"[Either they promote me] or give me back the contract, but I will not accept any more disrespect. I've won my titles with great effort and I will not let anything or anyone come [and disrespect me]. [Arum] does not treat everyone equally - I have no doubt about that."