The great George Foreman once said "Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it." The phrase is often used to defend the actions of Cuban great Guillermo Rigondeaux (16-0, 10), though the truth is that watching Rigondeaux can be better compared to watching paint dry rather than jazz. That was the case again last night when Rigondeaux frustrated fans, HBO and Filipino fighter Drian Francisco (28-4-1, 22).
The bout was supposed to be a show case for the Cuban, who was last seen in a memorable at New Years Eve when he traveled to fight Hisashi Amagasa in Japan. The idea was that Rigondeaux would shine against a man who was stopped inside a round earlier this year. Instead however the Cuban drew boos and disdain from viewers.
Francisco, for his part, looked outclassed from the the opening seconds. He was the proverbial no-hoper against a man who some regard as the best fighter, pound-for-pound, on the planet. It was clear that Francisco was no threat, he lacked the speed and boxing IQ to even come close to testing the Cuban, though unfortunately Rigondeaux refused to make Francisco really pay and instead we sat through a cure for insomnia that will leave nobody wanting to re-watch the bout.
Interesting the man who stopped Francisco inside a round, Jason Canoy, was in action on Sunday against the debuting Hinata Maruta. Whilst we won't spoil that result here, we will say that it certainly didn't do anything good for Rigondeaux or the fans of Rigondeaux who may well be showing their own frustration at their man, who simply lacked the desire to make a statement.
(Photo courtesy of GBP)
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