By Elisinio Castillo
Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) and Mexico's Moisés Flores (25-0, 17 KOs) have been able to reach an agreement for their super bantamweight championship showdown, which was ordered by the World Boxing Association (WBA).
After both sides informed the sanctioning body, the WBA's world championships committee canceled the purse bid which was scheduled for April 3.
This dispute had first been ordered by the WBA in July of 2016. The parties suffered several inconveniences that kept pushing back their encounter.
They first reached an agreement last fall, and the fight was scheduled to take place on February 25th in Texas, as part of the Miguel Cotto vs. James Kirkland HBO Pay-Per-View undercard. The fight was once again delayed after Kirkland suffered an injury in training camp and withdrew from his fight, which caused the entire event to get canceled.
"El Chacal", as the Cuban pugilist is known, won his WBA title in 2012 after beating American Rico Ramos by knockout and was later promoted to super champion in 2013 after beating Filipino Nonito Donaire. He successfully defended the title on six occasions. Although it is timely to note that even before obtaining those belts he had captured the WBA's interim belt at 122 pounds.
Meanwhile, "Chuky", as the Aztec gladiator is known, won the interim bantamweight title in 2015 with a win over Colombian fighter Oscar Escandón and has already defended the title twice, which, added to his unbeaten condition, gave him the right to secure a mandatory shot against the boxer that most regard as the best fighter in the division.
In the coming days, the WBA expects to receive the fully exercised bout agreements. Both sides have promised to send them to the WBA's offices located in Panama City, Panama. Once that happens the WBA will announce the new rescheduled date and details of the fight.