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Rigondeaux Still Mulling Offers, Eyes December Return

By Ryan Maquiñana

Guillermo Rigondeaux is free from Top Rank, but he has yet to find a replacement co-promoter, according to the junior featherweight world champion’s manager.

“He had substantial offers from Roc Nation and Frank Warren, and they were two of the biggest contracts I’ve ever seen for a 122-pounder, but his co-promoters haven’t been able to agree,” Gary Hyde told BoxingScene.com.

Hyde is referring to Miami-based Caribe Promotions, who he is imploring to help him facilitate his Cuban charge’s return to the ring after the contract with Top Rank ended in July.

“With respects to [Caribe], they did put a lot into Rigondeaux to start, but it’s time to work with us now and stop being an obstacle against us,” Hyde said. “Rigondeaux, his clock is ticking away. He’s 34 years old now and he needs to get moving. He’s at this stage in his life where you never know how many fights he’s got left.”

At 14-0 with nine knockouts, Rigondeaux is at the top of his game, but has also garnered questions about his marketability in America.

Former amateur teammate Erislandy Lara’s pay-per-view fight with Canelo Alvarez reportedly did not do well at the box office, and his sublime but methodical fighting style has many wondering if the Cuban school of boxing can create the type of professional pugilist capable of becoming a crossover star.

Hyde exhibited supreme confidence in his 122-pound dynamo’s ability to break through to the masses in that regard.

“With the right promoter, a Cuban can sell anywhere, because for me, he’s the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and a lot of people will agree with that,” Hyde said. “And if you have the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter, it doesn’t matter where he comes from. He can fill Brooklyn. He can fill anywhere.”

As for striking a deal with a co-promoter, Hyde has a timetable in place for his rising -- but aging -- champion.

“Hopefully, we get something done and get him a fight before Christmas,” Hyde said. “It would be wrong if we didn’t get that to happen.”

Ryan Maquiñana is the Boxing Insider at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and the Editor-in-Chief of Norcalboxing.com. He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @RMaq28 or email him at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MDPopescu on 10-07-2014

Cuban school is purist and minimalistic in expression -- remember Stevenson; also see Lara... Few people enjoy this kind of shows into the ring...

Comment by 285Kid on 10-06-2014

[QUOTE=B0XEO;15004525]Nobody at 122 wants to fight him. He needs to move up to 126 ASAP. His fights would be more competitive and exciting up there.[/QUOTE] Jhonatan Romero agree to fight but he saying Rigo is fighting Cruz [url]http://twitter.com/ElMomoRomero/status/518153780551241728[/url]

Comment by Pain~Lucy on 10-06-2014

you talk like you pay to watch him fight, lol I know for sure you just stream his fights, this guy just cant sell even after the donaire beating, you cant force those who pays

Comment by STREET CLEANER on 10-06-2014

The problem is that they think that Rigo is actually worth more than they are willing to pay him to see him in a fight. He needs to fight more frequently instead of sitting around for the next lucrative deal.…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 10-06-2014

Caribe Promotions needs to release him from his contract for the good of the sport. Let him go sign with a real promoter.

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