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Rigondeaux Vows To Be Pound-For-Pound at 118, Then Back To 122

Two-time Olympic gold medal winner Guillermo Rigondeaux has a set goal to become a pound-for-pound champion in the bantamweight division.

Rigondeaux, a former world champion at 122-pounds, became a pound-for-pound fighter at super bantamweight. He now wants to repeat that accomplishment at 118.

Rigondeaux, who did his best to stay fit during the weeks of social distancing, is only waiting for the order to return to the gym to start preparing for his next fight - which he hopes takes place in the summer.

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Rigondeaux (20-1, 13 KOs) has been out of the ring since February, when he captured the vacant WBA "regular" bantamweight title with a twelve round decision over Liborio Solis.

The 'super' WBA champion at the weight is Naoya Inoue.

"I was the pound-for-pound champion at 122, I'm going to be the best, pound-for-pound in the 118-pound division and then I'm going to go up again for 122,'' Rigondeaux said, according to George Ebro. "So you know. I'm not done yet. It's now that I start.''

Despite being 39-years-old and a boxing career spanning back to amateur tournaments as a kid in his native Cuba, Rigondeaux feels that he still has a lot of rope left in the game and warned the rest of the champions between 118 and 122.

"We're not done, now we start, the Jackalis not finished, now it starts,'" Rigondeaux added. "I'm still a champion at 118. I'm here. I keep making history. I'm a three-time world champion: two at 122 and one at 118."

What would come for Rigondeaux when the COVID-19 veil is lifted? While IBF, WBA Super champion Inoue is tied to a potential fight with WBO champion John Riel Casimero, there is another major bantamweight champion in WBC king Nordine Oubali; while at 122-pounds there are champions Emanuel "Vaquero'' Navarrete, Murodjon Akhmadaliev, Brandon Figueroa and Rey Vargas.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Oregonian on 05-25-2020

[QUOTE=MulaKO;20576845]Not a bad loss considering Salido’s credentials 1 more round and Loma would have gotten him out of there Dumbass haters ( Revelated ) might not think so but then again he thinks Horn is an atg boyfriend So ???[/QUOTE]…

Comment by MulaKO on 05-24-2020

[QUOTE=ceylon mooney;20576833]truly remarkable and outrageous to face salido his second pro fight.[/QUOTE] Not a bad loss considering Salido’s credentials 1 more round and Loma would have gotten him out of there Dumbass haters ( Revelated ) might not think so…

Comment by ceylon mooney on 05-24-2020

[QUOTE=Oregonian;20574797]———- And Loma will be remembered for getting beat by Salido.[/QUOTE] truly remarkable and outrageous to face salido his second pro fight.

Comment by ceylon mooney on 05-24-2020

[QUOTE=1Eriugenus;20574493]Enjoy 'El Chacal' while it lasts. Some of you fools don't even realise you're watching the last dregs of a genuine ATG![/QUOTE] he was an elite talent, a true elite. might still be. he is absolutely not an ATG.

Comment by tritium_arma on 05-24-2020

Wonder why he didn't join the 118 pound tourney but is willing to go down to 118 now?

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