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article imageGuillermo Rigondeaux beats Drian Francisco in lopsided fight

By Leo Reyes     Nov 21, 2015 in Sports
Cuban boxing star Guillermo Rigondeaux doesn't care what boxing fans say about his boring fighting style as long as he gets a favorable decision from the judges. Moments ago he got a unanimous decision win against Drian Francisco amid boos from the crowd.
In the undercard of the Alvarez-Cotto fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, the audience wasn't looking forward to the Rigondeaux-Francisco because of Rigondeaux's fighting style, which they find less entertaining.
Rigondeaux dominated Francisco from the opening round, scoring points with left and right combinations with very little defensive efforts from Francisco, who was trying to be the aggressor but miserably failed to land on his targets.
Boxing fans were expecting Rigondeaux to engage Francisco in a toe-to-toe situation, but the skillful Cuban fighter opted to play safe by just piling up points for the win. Francisco, who was hurriedly pulled out from a previously scheduled fight, also failed to entice Rigondeaux to engage, which added to the frustration of the fans.
"Don't care about his talent, which is obvious, his technical ability, which is massive, he's never going to get the big fights because he just carried a nobody for 10 rounds of pure boxing boredom," Bleacher Report's Kevin McRae said.
The very skillful Cuban fighter has been inactive for about a year as few opponents would dare face him in the ring, fearing they will lose because of his signature hit-and-run or "hit but don't get hit" style. The crowd wants action-packed fights and they don't see it happening in a Rigo fight.
The fight could have been a good opportunity for Rigondeaux to market himself as an entertaining fighter so he could get more lucrative fights in the future as the event was shown on HBO.
While Rigondeaux remains unbeaten, it will still be difficult for his promoter to secure lucrative fights for him as he prepares for his next fight.
'Two judges, Steve Morrow and Richard Ocasio, gave all the rounds to Rigondeaux, 100-90 while the third judge, generously gave three rounds to Francisco for a 93-97 score,' writes.
With the win, Rigondeaux improved his record to 16-0-0 with 10 knockouts while Francisco drops to 28-4-1.
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