Originally Rigondeaux was supposed to be fighting Dominican KO artist Jonathan Guzman (16-0-0-1, 16), a man who whilst boasting a very good looking record had never been in the ring with anyone worth mentioning. It now seems that Guzman has been replaced by Thai veteran Sod Kokietgym (63-2-1, 28).
Sod may be remembered by some Americans for his two losses, which both came to Mexican slugger Daniel Ponce De Leon. Fighting under the name Sod Looknongyangtoy at the time, Sod gave Ponce De Leon a very tough fight in the first meeting before being iced in a round of their rematch.
Since the second to Ponce De Leon back in 2006 Sod has gone 36-0-1 capturing numerous regional titles along the way. Unfortunately for him there is a huge step up from the likes of Randy Megrino, Joel Kwong and Lin Guo Wei all the way up to Guillermo Rigondeaux, arguably the best pure boxer on the planet.
We'd like to wish Sod good luck in this tough assignment though we need to admit it's a monster ask for the Thai who will be 37 years old just a few days before the bout, scheduled for July 19th.
(Image courtesy of boxrec.com)
Video, of Sod's second fight with Ponce De Leon, courtesy of IWantWhoNecks)