By Elisinio Castillo
On Wednesday, the World Boxing Super Series officially announced one of the three weight divisions for their upcoming second season of tournaments.
The bantamweight division is the first weight class revealed by the WBSS executives.
Three of the world champions - Zolani Tete, Ryan Burnett and Emmanuel Rodriguez - have signed on. And Japanese pound-for-pound star, Naoya Inoue, is also going to be involved if he wins his upcoming fight with Jamie McDonnell.
Another fighter targeted for the tournament - is former super bantamweight world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux.
The two-time Olympic gold medal winner took a big risk last December, when he jumped up from 122 to 130-pounds - and was stopped by WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
Because he moved up by two weight divisions, and lost, the World Boxing Association stripped him of his world title at super bantamweight.
Two sources spoke with reporter George Ebro and indicated that Rigondeaux was approached about the possibility of taking part in the tournament - but after seeking medical advice, it became apparent that it wasn't safe for Rigondeaux to cut his weight from 122 to 118.
Rigondeaux has fought at 122 since his pro debut. And the lowest he's ever weighed was 119.5-pounds - and that was back in 2010.
"The people of the Super Series were in love with the possibility of counting on Rigondeaux," said a source to Ebro. "It was the name they mentioned the most. I think it would have been a tremendous opportunity for him to win money and go back to being the world champion.''
"Nobody better understands his body than he does and his decision is respected. If he says he can not take off those pounds, then he can not, period. But an opportunity of this magnitude will rarely come around again. He will continue fighting, but against whom and winning what. Those are the questions that matter.''