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Rigondeaux Was in Talks For WBSS, But Weight Became an Issue

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.

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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.''

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Comment by richardt on 05-14-2018

[QUOTE=The Akbar One;18770455]The words came out of Loma's and Klimas' mouth as well, not debateable.[/QUOTE]Read and weep. It is a fact that team Rigo declined the fight in 2015: Vasyl Lomachenko: Rigondeaux Does Not Want To Fight By Gregroy Stangrit…

Comment by The Akbar One on 05-14-2018

[QUOTE=richardt;18769446]The words came right out of Rigo's mouth on video. Not debatable.[/QUOTE] The words came out of Loma's and Klimas' mouth as well, not debateable.

Comment by richardt on 05-14-2018

[QUOTE=The Akbar One;18769432]There is also video of Klimas and Loma stating what I said.[/QUOTE]The words came right out of Rigo's mouth on video. Not debatable.

Comment by The Akbar One on 05-14-2018

[QUOTE=richardt;18760111]No, kafkod is correct. There is a video of Rigo that was on this site where Rigo was asked about the size and he said he was too small. This was after he turned down the fight.[/QUOTE] There is also…

Comment by richardt on 05-11-2018

[QUOTE=kafkod;18757697]My understanding was that Rigo turned down Loma at 126 because he thought he was too small to fight at that weight.[/QUOTE]100% correct. I saw a youtube video where they asked Rigo about Lom and he said "What weight is…

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