Guillermo Rigondeaux

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Guillermo Rigondeaux
Guillermo Rigondeaux after the win vs. Rico Ramos 20JAN2012 Las Vegas - Palms Casino.jpg
Rigondeaux in 2012
Real name Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz
Nickname(s) Rigo
El Chacal ("The Jackal")[1]
Rated at Super bantamweight
Height 5 ft 4 12 in (1.64 m)[2]
Reach 168 cm (66 in)
Nationality Cuban
Born (1980-09-30) September 30, 1980 (age 35)
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 16
Wins 16
Wins by KO 10
Losses 0
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rigondeaux and the second or maternal family name is Ortiz.

Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡiˈʎermo riɣonˈdo]; born September 30, 1980) is a Cuban boxer who won gold medals at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics in the bantamweight (54 kg) division. He is a seven-time (2000–06) Cuban national champion at bantamweight, and currently claims an amateur record of nearly 475 fights with twelve losses; the last of these losses being to Rencise Perez and Bekzat Sattarkhanov in 1998, Waldemar Font in 1999, and most recently against Aghasi Mammadov in 2003.

After Rigondeaux's defection in 2009 he turned professional,[Video 1] where he remains undefeated and is the current The Ring magazine super bantamweight world champion, while the TBRB recognizes him as the junior featherweight world champion.[3]

Widely considered to be one of the greatest amateur fighters of all time,[4] Rigondeaux has been lauded by boxing trainer Freddie Roach as being: "Probably the greatest talent I've ever seen".[5] A documentary on Rigondeaux is in the works by filmmaker Brin-Jonathan Butler.[6] Butler also published a biography of Rigondeaux called "A Cuban Boxer's Journey: From Castro's Traitor to American Champion" published by Picador USA.

Rigondeaux in November 2011

Olympic results[edit]



Other amateur achievements[edit]

  • 2000 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
  • 2001 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
  • 2001 World amateur champion - bantamweight (in Belfast, Northern Ireland)
  • 2002 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
  • 2002 World Cup champion - bantamweight (in Astana, Kazakhstan)
    • Defeated Justin Kane (Australia) RSC 1
    • Defeated Keren Gurgen (Turkey) RSC 1
    • Defeated Chotipat Wongprates (Thailand) 13-2
    • Defeated Toljen Kanatov (Kazakhstan) 7-6
  • 2003 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
  • 2003 competed as a bantamweight at World championships in Bangkok, Thailand. Results were:
  • 2003 Bantamweight gold medalist at Pan-American games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 2004 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
  • 2005 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
  • 2005 World amateur champion at bantamweight in competition held in Mianyang, PR China
  • 2005 Bantamweight gold medalist at World Cup in Moscow, Russia.
    • Defeated Worapoj Petchkoom (Thailand) 34-16
    • Defeated Zsolt Bedák (Hungary) 28-11
    • Defeated Murat Aiyrmasov (Kazakhstan) 34-7
    • Defeated Maksim Khalikov (Russia) 37-21
  • 2006 Cuban national amateur champion
  • 2006 Bantamweight gold medalist at Central American Games in Cartagena, Colombia
  • 2006 Bantamweight gold medalist at Nations Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan


On July 22, 2007, Rigondeaux and teammate Erislandy Lara failed to appear for their scheduled bouts at the Pan American Games in Brazil. It was initially announced that Rigondeaux was to turn professional, joining fellow 2004 Cuban Olympians Odlanier Solis, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Yan Barthelemy, who defected earlier in 2007. As with the other Cuban defectors, Rigondeaux signed a promotional deal with Ahmet Oener and ARENA Box-Promotion. However, on August 2, Rigondeaux and Lara were taken into police custody in Brazil, stating that they wanted to return home to Cuba. However, Cuban leader Fidel Castro then stated that Rigondeaux and Lara could not box again for the Cuban team. In February 2009, Rigondeaux defected again via Mexico City to Miami, and signed with Arena Box-Promotion.

Professional career[edit]

Super Bantamweight[edit]

On February 23, 2009, Rigondeaux was announced to have defected along with 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Yudel Johnson, Yordanis Despaigne and Yuniel Dorticos[7] and is now in Miami and is managed by Irish man Gary Hyde.[8] He will be training in the same gym as Yuriorkis Gamboa, Erislandi Lara and Odlanier Solis.[9] and will continue his career as a professional once he completes all the residency requirements.[10] He left behind his wife Farah Colina, a 7-year-old son and a 17-year-old stepson in Cuba.[11] He is also reportedly staying in the home of countryman and featherweight contender Yuriorkis Gamboa.[12]

Rigondeaux won his professional debut on May 22 with a third-round TKO over Juan Noriega in Miami.[13] Although he did not maintain a busy punch volume, Rigondeaux still landed hard shots. Noriega barely countered Rigondeaux's punches and the referee found the opportunity to stop the fight after Rigondeaux connected with a solid right to the head. On July 17 he won his second pro fight against Robert Guillen by first round knock out.[14] Rigondeaux wasn't active but he hit Guillen with a great hard counter punch to the body which left him rolling on the canvas in pain.

On September 18, Rigondeaux beat Giovanni Andrade by 3rd round TKO to win the NABA Super Bantamweight title, dropping Andrade once in each of rounds two and three.

On December 16, 2009 Rigondeaux won a Unanimous Decision over Lante Addy in 8 rounds, dropping Addy once in round one.

On February 5, 2010, Rigondeaux scored a 1st round Knockout against Adolfo Landeros, dropping Landeros with a hard left uppercut to the body.

Rigondeaux then signed a three-year contract with Bob Arum's Top Rank in July 2010.[15] He is also co-promoted by Boris Arencibia's Caribe Promotions.[16]

The Ricardo Cordoba fight was on the HBO televised undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito WBC Light Middleweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, in front of 70,000 people. This was the biggest fight in Rigondeaux's career to date. Rigondeaux knocked Cordoba down in the 4th with a body shot, but was judged to be knocked down in turn in the 6th, in what appeared to be a slip. Despite appearing to win clearly, the fight was judged a split decision, with Rigondeaux the victor and becoming a world champion in his 7th bout (though interim) winning the WBA Super Bantamweight title.[17]

The fight against Willie Casey was live on RTÉ (Ireland) at the City West Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland on the 19th of March 2011. This was Rigondeaux's first defense of his WBA Interim Title. A sweeping left uppercut in the opening round caught Casey flush and sent him back on his rear causing his glove to touch the mat at 1:45. He was up immediately and received a mandatory eight-count. A combination capped with a left hook sent Casey falling across the ring and down at 2:19. He was able to make it to his feet but was visibly wobbled. A follow-up barrage sent Casey stumbling forward. At that, the referee stepped in and waved an end to the bout.

Rigondeaux vs. Ramos[edit]

Rigondeaux knocking down Ramos in the 1st round

Rigondeaux won the "full" WBA World Super Bantamweight title by knocking out champion and Ring No. 2 ranked Super Bantamweight Rico Ramos in the 6th round. Rigondeaux controlled the opening round against a tentative Ramos. He quickly moved into range and fired the left hand both to the body and upstairs. A straight left hand caught Ramos against the ropes and sent him down at 2:24 of the opening round. He was up quickly and received a mandatory eight-count. Rigondeaux attacked but Ramos gathered himself and finished the round. Output waned in the 2nd and 3rd Rounds both fighters looked for countering opportunities with neither seeming overly willing to open up. An accidental clash of heads opened a small cut on the outside of Ramos's left eyebrow near the end of Round 4. Rigondeaux was warned in Round 6 for pulling down the back of Ramos's head. Immediately after the warning, Rigondeaux came forward with a barrage and landed a clean left hand to the body that sent Ramos to the mat grimacing in pain. He remained down on his back as the referee reached the count of ten.

Rigondeaux has been trained under Ismael Salas[18] after working with Freddie Roach, Alejandro "Pupi" Torre and Ronnie Shields,[15] and has worked out with Jorge Rubio at his Xtreme Gym in Hialeah, Florida for the Teon Kennedy fight.[16] DJ Montanocordoba has served as his physical conditioner.[18]

Despite Rigondeaux and his camp's great efforts to make a fight with any of the other 122 pound champions, they have been dodged by the other champions such as Nonito Donaire, Toshiaki Nishioka, Jeffrey Mathebula and Abner Mares.[19] Rigondeaux said, "They are cowards". That was why Rigondeaux said thanks to Teon Kennedy for being there at the pre-fight press conference[20] and fought against him on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Rigondeaux knew the split decision victory against Ricardo Cordoba did not please the HBO people, and learned from it the importance of aggressiveness. From the standpoint of promotion, the second appearance on HBO was crucial to him. He did not want to make the same mistake as he did two years ago.[19] Rigondeaux impressively stopped Kennedy in the 5th round after knocking him down five times all with his left cross,[21] leading Kennedy to say "He just hits you with punches that you can't see".[22] He has differentiated from the Cordoba fight. Now that he realized that he needed to not only win a fight but also entertain, his promoter Bob Arum stated that Rigondeaux could one day face Nonito Donaire, Jorge Arce, or Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr.[21]

He fought against Roberto Marroquin on the undercard of the Sergio Martínez vs. Julio César Chávez, Jr. at the Thomas & Mack Center on September 15, 2012. It was a relatively easy night for Rigondeaux, who outworked and outlanded Marroquin and seemed to just cruise through the fight. Rigondeaux gave his young opponent the first knockdown of his career in the 5th round and scored another knockdown in the 12th round. The judges scored the bout: 118-108, 118-108 and 118-109, all three in favour of Rigondeaux who retained his WBA title by unanimous decision.[23]

Rigondeaux vs. Donaire[edit]

Rigondeaux fought WBO and The Ring champion Nonito Donaire at Radio City Music Hall on April 13, 2013 in a unification fight. Rigondeaux left his trainer Jorge Rubio in order to start training with his former amateur trainer Pedro Diaz for this fight.[24] Donaire came into the fight as the No. 5 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.[25]

Rigondeaux defeated Donaire by unanimous decision with the scores of 114–113, 115–112, and 116–111, though the fight was considered much wider than the judges scorecards indicated.[25] Rigondeaux frustrated Donaire early and often with his quick lead right hook, and left hand. Rigondeaux would continue to land the cleaner punches and dip out of range from Donaire for the first nine rounds of the fight. In the 10th round, while Rigondeaux attempted to clinch with Donaire, he was pushed off and caught with a straight left hand from Donaire, sending him to the canvas. Rigondeaux appeared to hurt Donaire with a straight left early in the 12th round, when Donaire covered up a severely swollen right eye and began bleeding from his mouth.[26] Rigondeaux ended the round and fight targeting Donaire with his left hand, backing Donaire up.

Rigondeaux out landed and out punched Donaire throughout the fight,[27] winning a clear unanimous decision to unify titles and win The Ring Super Bantamweight title from Donaire.[28][Video 2] scored it 117–110 in favor of Rigondeaux,[29] and HBO's Harold Lederman had it 118–109 for him.[30]

Professional boxing record[edit]

16 wins (10 knockouts), 0 losses[31]
Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
N/A N/A United Kingdom James Dickens N/A - (10) 2016-03-12 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, Merseyside
Win 16–0 Philippines Drian Francisco UD 10 2015-11-21 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 15–0 Japan Hisashi Amagasa RTD 11 (12), 3:00 2014-12-31 Japan Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka, Kansai Retained WBA (Super), WBO and The Ring super bantamweight titles.
Win 14–0 Thailand Sod Kokietgym KO 1 (12), 1:44 2014-07-19 Macau The Venetian Macau, Macau, SAR Retained WBA (Super), WBO and The Ring super bantamweight titles.
Win 13–0 Ghana Joseph Agbeko UD 12 2013-12-07 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBA (Super), WBO and The Ring super bantamweight titles.
Win 12–0 Philippines Nonito Donaire UD 12 2013-04-13 United States Radio City Music Hall, Manhattan, New York Retained WBA (Super) super bantamweight title.
Won WBO and The Ring super bantamweight titles.
Win 11–0 United States Roberto Marroquin UD 12 2012-09-15 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBA (Regular) super bantamweight title.
Win 10–0 United States Teon Kennedy TKO 5 (12), 1:11 2012-06-09 United States MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBA (Regular) super bantamweight title.
Win 9–0 United States Rico Ramos KO 6 (12), 1:29 2012-01-21 United States Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBA (Regular) super bantamweight title.
Win 8–0 Republic of Ireland Willie Casey TKO 1 (12), 2:35 2011-03-19 Republic of Ireland City West Hotel, Dublin, Leinster Retained interim WBA super bantamweight title.
Win 7–0 Panama Ricardo Cordoba SD 12 2010-11-13 United States Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas Won interim WBA super bantamweight title.
Win 6–0 Mexico Jose Angel Beranza RTD 7 (8), 0:10 2010-08-21 Mexico Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California
Win 5–0 Mexico Adolfo Landeros KO 1 (8), 0:28 2010-02-05 United States Don Taft University Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Win 4–0 Ghana Lante Addy UD 8 2009-12-16 United States BB King Blues Club & Grill, Manhattan, New York
Win 3–0 Brazil Giovanni Andrade TKO 3 (10), 2:53 2009-09-18 United States Fountainbleau Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida Won vacant NABA super bantamweight title.
Win 2–0 United States Robert Guillen TKO 1 (4), 2:57 2009-07-17 United States Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 1–0 United States Juan Noriega TKO 3 (4), 1:09 2009-05-22 United States Fountainbleau Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida Professional debut.


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  2. ^ "Guillermo Rigondeaux - Boxrec". Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ "All Rankings". Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Jesus Walks Like A Cowboy: Manny Pacquiao Does Dallas
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  6. ^ Cloutier, Richard. "Hero, Traitor, Madness: The Guillermo Rigondeaux Story". Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Miami Herald
  8. ^ Cuban Olympic champion boxer defects-promoter Reuters
  9. ^ Boxing – Rigondeaux defects, in Miami!
  10. ^ Latin American Herald Tribune – Cuban Boxer Defects
  11. ^ Associated Press
  12. ^
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  14. ^ Marc Abrams (July 18, 2009). "Vazquez upsets Prescott in Vegas". Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
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  16. ^ a b Reynaldo Sanchez (April 26, 2012). "Photos: Rigondeaux Starts Sparring With Hairon Socarras". Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Guillermo Rigondeaux slips by in bout". ESPN. 
  18. ^ a b Reynaldo Sanchez (January 10, 2012). "Rigondeaux: After Ramos, We Want The Division's Best". Retrieved May 26, 2012. 
  19. ^ a b Jorge Ebro (June 8, 2012). "Por un triunfo fulminante" (in Spanish). El Nuevo Herald. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
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  25. ^ a b Eric Raskin (April 14, 2013). "Nonito Donaire vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux Fight Recap". HBO. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
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  31. ^ Guillermo Rigondeaux's Professional Boxing Record. Retrieved on 2011-10-07.

Video references[edit]

  1. ^ HBO Boxing: Get to know Guillermo Rigondeaux (YouTube video). HBO Sports. April 1, 2013. Event occurs at 0:07. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ HBO Boxing: Donaire-Rigondeaux Highlights (YouTube video). HBO Sports. April 16, 2013. Event occurs at 0:04. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 

External links[edit]

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WBA Super Bantamweight Interim Champion
November 13, 2010 – January 20, 2012
Title next held by
Scott Quigg
Preceded by
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January 20, 2012 – April 13, 2013
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April 13, 2013 – October 28, 2015
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