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article imageOp-Ed: Guillermo Rigondeaux picks Jazza Dickens for easy win

By Leo Reyes     Jul 15, 2016 in Sports
WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux is set to defend his title against untested foe Jazza Dickens of England on Saturday at the Ice Arena in Cardiff, Wales in an apparent move to preserve his unbeaten pro record.
Rigondeaux is coming off another easy victory over Drian Francisco of the Philippines last November to retain his title in a unanimous decision. Dickens and Francisco are both untested in their pro careers and were apparently chosen to boost Rigondeux's career record.
The 35-year-old Cuban fighter has won all his fights since turning pro in 2009 after an enviable performance in the amateur leagues including two gold medals in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.
Except his unanimous decision victory against Nonito Donaire in 2013, Rigondeaux has not fought elite fighters in Donaire's level apparently to keep his unblemished record of 16 wins as a pro.
Rigondeaux was previously stripped by Ring Magazine of its junior featherweight title for not facing a Top 5 contender in any division for a period of at least seven 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.
In his article last February, 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 was originality set to face Dickens last March but immigration or visa issues prevented him from entering the United Kingdom.
Dickens, who hails from Liverpool, England, has won 22 of his 23 career fights losing only to Kid Galahad in in 2013 via TKO. He has won six straight fights since his lone loss to Galahad but he really never faced elite fighters in the level of Donaire and Rigondeux.
While Rigo has similarly evaded elite fighters in the division other than Donaire, the two-time Olympic gold medalist has proven his worth in the amateur competitions.
Jazza is lucky to have landed a title fight against Rigondeaux but it would take more than luck to pull off the upset over the highly-skilled Cuban Olympic gold medalist.
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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