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article imageGuillermo Rigondeaux facing untested opponent for next fight

By Leo Reyes     Feb 10, 2016 in Sports
WBA (Super), WBO bantamweight titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux could be running out of worthy opponents or he simply wants an easy fight to remain unbeaten as he picked a relatively young and untested challenger from Liverpool, England.
Rigondeaux, who is coming off a unanimous decision win against Drian Francisco last November, was recently stripped by Ring Magazine of its junior featherweight title for not facing a Top 5 contender in any division for the last 18 months.
Losing his Ring junior featherweight title was also aggravated by his choice of his next opponent that Ring has not heard of as someone who had made a name for himself in the division.
Ring's Michael Rosenthal writes: "And his choice of an opponent for March 12 – someone named James Dickens – hurt his cause and prompted us to consider making a move now. James Dickens? Seriously? Rigo couldn’t have come up with an opponent we’ve at least heard of?"
Rigondeaux has a very impressive amateur record, having been a two-time gold medalist in the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympics.
The very skillful Cuban fighter was inactive for about a year before the Francisco fight 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.
Clearly his next fight against Dickens isn't going to give him a decent monetary reward but it may well give him another victory to preserve his unblemished record.
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