Rigondeaux Looks To Work With DeCubas Jr., Aims To Be Active

By Elisinio Castillo

As reported last month, former world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1, 11 KOs) has parted ways with Roc Nation, and the boxer has also parted ways with longtime promoter Caribe Promotions.

According to Rigondeaux, he will soon start working with well-known manager Luis DeCubas Jr., who works with other Cuban fighters like Rances Barthelemy, Erislandy Lara and also assists Luis Ortiz. DeCubas Jr. works very closely with powerful boxing adviser Al Haymon.

"He's a man who keeps his boxers active. And in the final part of my career that's what I need," Rigondeaux told George Ebro.


Rigondeaux says there are certain details that need to be defined, but a deal with DeCubas Jr. is nearly wrapped up.

"We have not exchanged many words, because he is a very busy man, but we were waiting to solve some problems to make readjustments," Rigondeaux added. "It's no longer worth looking back [on things]. I'm only looking forward with great optimism and before the end of 2018 I will fight again.''

One of the big problems that plagued Rigondeaux was inactivity in the last three years of his career, to the point of fighting twice in 2013, twice in 2014, once in 2015, once in 2016 and twice in 2017.

The last time Rigondeaux saw action, under the banner of Caribe and Roc Nation, saw him get stopped by Vasyl Lomachenko on December 12. For that fight, Rigondeaux went up by two full weight divisions to make the bout, from super bantamweight to super featherweight - but he was simply too small to compete.

After a prolonged period of rest, the two-time Olympic gold medal winner has resumed training with veteran coach Pedro Díaz and his team from Mundo Boxing.

"A lot of  things happened that are not worth remembering, you can make a book with everything that happened to me," said Rigondeaux. "The time has come to take the next step and finish at full speed."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by otrocubiche on 08-14-2018

Way too late. If nobody fought home when he had belts, even fewer names would want to fight him now. He's got nobody but himself to blame, he was told about the caribe leeches from the beginning, he was given…

Comment by deanrw on 08-14-2018

I hope Russell vs Leo Santa Cruz happens with the winner to fight Rigo. I would love to see Rigo vs Russell Jr. Thank God he left Caribe

Comment by Rikanlynx86 on 08-14-2018

I gave Rigo enough chances to entertain me and its always been a complete stinkfest. I hope he gets his career back in order, but i dont think im gonna stay home on a saturday night to watch him fight.

Comment by lolpz on 08-14-2018

The man jumped up two weight divisions to fight the best fighter in the world. A small 122lber at 130, let that sink in. They won't care about him anymore, these fake boxing fans.

Comment by lazaron72 on 08-14-2018

This deal with haymon should have happened long long time ago ... maybe with haymon you would not fought at 130 , maybe , but you did and it was an embarrassing defeat . Moving forward, at 122 you still…

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