Former world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux is only a few days away from his upcoming showdown with fellow former champion Liborio Solis.
Rigondeaux returns to ring in what is going to be his debut in the bantamweight division to face Solis for the vacant WBA "regular" title in a Showtime televised fight on February 8 in a Premier Boxing Champions event from PPL Center in Allentown, Pa.
Rigondeaux has veteran trainer Ronnie Shields in his corner and this is their second straight fight working together.
Rigondeaux believes that he will be much better in the bantamweight division, but he's not ruling out potential opponents at super bantamweight as well.
"I'm trying to make history by winning a third world title in a second weight class, while also matching my two [Olympic] Gold Medals," said Rigondeaux.
"I want to make a statement and solidify my legacy as one of the best Cuban fighters ever. I want the boxing world to be talking about me, as I seek to become a world champion once again. February 8 will be a special day for me and my family.
"I know at super bantamweight I am a force to be reckoned with. Now that I'm moving down to bantamweight, I feel stronger and I'm getting the most out of my skills. The bantamweight and super bantamweight divisions are filled with great fighters to test myself against. It's a very exciting time and I am training very hard for each opportunity that is granted to me.
"Ronnie and I are working very hard and smart. We have put together a great game plan that we are going to execute on fight night. All of my tools are getting sharpened up and everyone will see that the hard work we've put in will pay off. Ronnie is a great coach and I'll be fighting with something to prove on fight night."
Rigondeaux was last seen in action back in June, when he fought through fire to secure a stoppage victory over former world champion Julio Ceja. Solis was a former world champion in the super flyweight division.
"Solis is a good opponent and a worthy challenger, but I am ready to reclaim my status as a world champion," said Rigondeaux. "I'm going to show people why I am one of the best boxers of my generation.
"This is a very big deal for me. For years I was one of the best fighters in the world, if not, the best fighter in the world. When you're a champion, you only fight the top opponents and those are the type of fights I want. I'm going to start another long reign as champion beginning February 8."