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article imageOp-Ed: No goldmine for Bob Arum in corner of Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux

By Leo Reyes     Dec 8, 2013 in Sports
Despite frantic calls by Cuban ex-Olympian Guillermo Rigondeaux for another showdown with Nonito Donaire after beating former bantamweight titlist Joseph Agbeko, fight fans expects Donaire to decline the rematch offer because of his boring fighting style.
There is no question Donaire wants revenge for having been beaten by Rigondaeux during their first encounter in New York last April, but he knows that his rising popularity following his conquest of Vic Darchinyan in a rematch could take another nosedive as it would be difficult for his promoter to sell the fight.
Both Donaire and Rigondeaux are being promoted by Bob Arum's Top Rank Promotions and it would be easy for Arum to arrange a rematch if he sees a positive financial reward in staging the fight.
But Arum knows that a boxing event that lacks entertainment because of the fighter's boring style of fighting, will not attract a reasonable number of patronage and would be very hard to promote.
"Out of all the elite fighters I've worked with," Bob Arum said, "I can't think of one more difficult to promote."
"Putting him on an HBO card is not easy," Arum said. "I have to make fights that are very difficult for him. And hopefully he comes through." Read More:
Although Rigondeaux is known for his boxing skill, his audience usually gets bored watching him fight in the ring.
During his encounter with Agbeko over the weekend at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Rigondeaux was again in his usual jabbing and hitting mode without being hit just to accumulate points for a win.
The fight was an "absolute bore," according to William Holmes of
"People began to leave the arena in the middle of Rigondeaux’s bout as it offered very little excitement. Agbeko wasn’t doing much to try and apply the pressure or even win the fight, he basically just stood there and moved his head in an effort to avoid Rigondeaux’s jabs and quick left crosses," Holmes said.
Rigondeaux continues to entice Donaire into another boring bout but the "Filipino Flash's") early interest on a possible rematch to avenge his defeat has somehow faded because of the uncertainties in the financial viability of the fight.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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