Rigondeaux, best known for being one of the all time great amateurs, defeat Nonito Donaire last year though put in a performance that split opinion. Some thought he was technically beautiful with sublime boxing boxing skills and showed the essence of the old phrase "hit and don't get hit" others however had a view that the performance was dull. Unfortunately the tag of dull seems to have stuck with promoter Bob Arum and American TV giant HBO both hinting that they aren't fans of his style.
For the fight in Macau it appears Rigondeaux has been matched with the perfect foil as he battles little known Dominican puncher Jonathan Guzman (16-0-0-1, 16). Guzman isn't a big name though should have the type of style which helps a defensively sound fighter, like Rigondeaux, look good with sharp counter shots.
Guzman has never been close to fighting someone in the same universe as Rigondeaux and this really should be an exhibition from the Cuban sensation who will have to be looking to put in a memorable performance just to remain even semi relevant in a sport that can cast aside fighters all too easily if they fail to excite a crowd.
Incidentally we actually mentioned the idea of putting Rigondeaux on a card in Macau last year, although we did suggest a selection of Asian fighters for Rigondeaux to fight as opposed to the little known Dominican.
As well as Rigondeaux this card is expected to also feature Zou Shiming (4-0, 1) in what is being rumoured to be the first 10 round bout of Shiming's career.
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