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Rigondeaux's Coach: Rigo Should Not Suffer Over One Bad Night

By Elisinio Castillo

Veteran trainer Pedro Diaz has stated that although he accepts some criticisms and comments, the prestigious coach affirms that there is still a lot left for former world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Last December at New York's Madison Square Garden Theater, Rigondeaux suffered his first career at the hands of fellow two-time Olympic gold medal winner Vasyl Lomachenko.

Rigondeaux (17-1, 11 KOs) was dominated in the fight and then claimed that his hand was too injured to continued fighting after six rounds. Several tests were done and it was determined that Rigondeaux's injury was nothing more than a bruised hand - which raised the criticism level even higher.

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Diaz believes his fighters is getting too much heat from the public over the loss - which saw him rise by two full weight divisions to challenge Lomachenko at super featherweight.

After the loss, the WBA stripped Rigondeaux of their super bantamweight championship.

"We do everything in favor of boxing. Anyone can have a bad day. Anyone can suffer an injury. A boxer with the type of history that he's had, they should respect his career," Diaz told George Ebro.

"I have no problem of any kind with Rigo, with his family, or with Rigo's team. He comes [to the gym], he is training, he is once again inserting himself into the work regime and we expect good things from him.

"[I'm going to leave his return] to his manager and his promoters, I can only emphasize that Rigo... for us, for Mundo Boxing and for Pedro Díaz, he is always going to be a great champion. The important thing is his history.

"He's like a home run hitter, and sometimes he hits and sometimes he strikes out in the ninth with two outs and the bases loaded, and that's not why you're not going to downplay him. Sometimes a basketball star misses a shot at the basket at the last minute and you should not downplay him over that. Criticism is a part of the business. It was not a great night for Rigo, but he's going to come back, and for us he's always going to be a champion."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Lemonhead_Jeff on 02-26-2018

[QUOTE=kushking;18507848]Its absurd for you to say he didn't deserve them,he was completely weight drained in the leonard rematch & then came back as strong as ever afterwards for another 2 decades[/QUOTE] Relax. I didn't say Duran didn't deserve a shot…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 02-23-2018

[QUOTE=chitownfightfan;18513289]2 yrs younger vs a lighter, less muscled, less seasoned Loma.... Don't think it would be another Donaire type fight, but it's a GREAT FIGHT... Even if it's just a chess match.[/QUOTE] You may be right. Alas, we’ll never know.

Comment by chitownfightfan on 02-23-2018

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;18513220]Man, who knows? I would like to believe that, and might’ve said so myself at one time, but after the “performance” Rigo air-mailed, I’m not so sure. Rigondeaux caused a lot of damage that night, mostly to himself.[/QUOTE] 2 yrs…

Comment by A-Wolf on 02-23-2018

"Bad?" Slight understatement.

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 02-23-2018

[QUOTE=chitownfightfan;18513081]If he would have taken it in 2015 when Loma was willing to concede the CW of 124, Rigo v Loma is a great fight. Close rounds. With Lomas youth and pressure winning the tight rds, but only clearly winning…

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