By Elisinio Castillo
Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KO's) will start the new year in a very different way from the year that is ending in a few days. The two-time Olympic gold medal winner will fight against a top level opponent.
The 122-pound Cuban champion will defend his WBA super bantamweight belt on Feb. 25 against Mexico's Moises Flores (26-0, 17 KO's), who holds the IBO/WBA interim titles.
While it has not been officially confirmed, the fight will be part of the HBO Pay-Per-View which features the return of Miguel Cotto in the main event against James Kirkland.
Although he remains in a magnificent form, Rigondeaux was only able to fight once in 2016, when he easily dispatched of James Dickens in England. There was talk of him returning to the UK for another contest, but it never came off.
"There is still nothing official, but I hope we can see each other face-to-face on February 25th as part of that Miguel Cotto card. I am preparing for the moment as if it's something that is going to happen and I am preparing to win," Rigondeaux told George Ebro.
"He's a good boxer, who comes forward on the front-foot and he's tall. As a good Mexican [fighter] he'll stand up and try to dominate me with his volume of punches, but this type of boxer is the kind that makes me perform at my best.''
Flores has promised to do just that, stand in front of Rigondeaux and blast away with punches to the head and body. He doesn't want Rigondeaux to think and wants to wear him down in a very tough fight.
Rigondeaux embraces Flores' mentality and wants to overwhelm him with skill.
"I will just tell him to stand up, raise his head and say hello to his daddy, the Jackal. Flores is just an interim champion, a title that means nothing," Rigondeaux said.