Guillermo Rigondeaux greatest ever amateur and undefeated super bantamweight World champion SIGNED and INSCRIBED "CHAMPIONSHIP, El CHACAL, 2009" training hand wraps WORN in his last day of sparring for his contest against Rico Ramos, 20th January 2012, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas.
*2009 dated on the wraps represents the year when Rigondeaux won the WBA super bantamweight World title defeating Giovanni Andrade TKO 3
Condition WORN & intact
Rigondeaux W KO 6
*Rico Ramos 20-0 (11 KOs) vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux 8-0 (6 KOs)
*Ramos, a 3¼ to 1 betting underdog, entered as the #2 junior featherweight in the World according to The Ring Magazine. Rigondeaux was ranked #6 by the same publication.
*The bout was originally scheduled for December 31, 2011 in Anaheim, California. It was to be a co-feature to an IBF light heavyweight title bout between champion Tavoris Cloud and Zsolt Erdei, but it was rescheduled when Erdei withdrew due to a hand injury.
*Rigondeaux landed 35 of 143 punches (24%), while Ramos connected on 15 of 114 (13%).
*Among those in attendance were Floyd Mayweather Jr., Antonio Tarver, Andre Ward and baseball's Pete Rose.
Associated Press Report
Two-time Olympic champion Guillermo Rigondeaux stopped Rico Ramos at 1:29 of the sixth round to take the WBA super bantamweight title Friday night at The Palms in just his ninth professional fight, a record for fewest bouts en route to a major World title.
"I wanted to make history," Rigondeaux said. "I'm very happy and this is a historic moment."
The undefeated defector floored the over matched Ramos with a straight right in the first round, had control throughout and ended it with a left hook to the body.
"I never thought it would be easy," Rigondeaux said. "Everyone at this level is tough."
In the sixth, Rigondeaux landed three consecutive straight right hands that backed Ramos up into a corner, then landed the devastating left hook to the body that sent Ramos to the canvas in visible pain.
"Every time I let my hands go, I hurt him," Rigondeaux said. "I knew he wasn't getting up from that shot."
Guillermo Rigondeaux vs Rico Ramos - KO 6
Guillermo Rigondeaux (born September 30, 1980 in La Prueba), who completely dominated as an amateur the bantamweight (– 54 kg) division at the onset of the 21st century.
The southpaw boxer–puncher won gold at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics. He is also World Champion from 2001 and 2005. His rival was Aghasi Mammadov, but Rigondeaux won all bouts except for their match at the 2003 World Championships.
He was part of the national team that won the 2006 Boxing World Cup.
However, he left his team at the Pan American Games of Rio de Janeiro 2007 to try to fly to Germany in an attempt to sign for a German boxing club; he failed to do that and was eliminated from the national team.
On February 23, 2009, it was reported that Rigondeaux had defected to the United States and was currently in Miami.
* Defeated Moez Zemzeni (Tunisia) KO 1
* Defeated Kazumasa Tsujimoto (Japan) RSC 3
* Defeated Agasi Agaguloglu (Turkey) 14-5
* Defeated Clarence Vinson (United States) 18-6
* Defeated Raimkul Malakhbekov (Russia) 18-12
* Round of 32: Defeated Liu Yuan of China - PTS (21-7)
* Round of 16: Defeated Mehar Ullah of Pakistan - RSC 3
* Defeated Gennady Kovalev of Russia - PTS (20-5)
* Defeated Bahodirjon Sooltonov of Uzbekistan - PTS (27-13)
Gold Medal Match:
* Defeated Worapoj Petchkoom of Thailand - PTS (22-13)
Aug 3, 2007 Despite being announced by Arena Box promotions as being signed and on their way to join their former team mates who defected in January to fight professionally in Germany, Rigondeaux and Lara were found/arrested at a hotel in Cabo Frio in Brazil, and are set to be deported back to his country by the end of the week.
Although the deportation was due to Rigondeaux "willingly" going back home, he has been sacked from the national team and will from now on be allowed only to coach. There was speculation that the decision to return had been accelerated by pressures on the deserting boxer's families. During his time in his country he was seeking to speak with new president Raul Castro to see if he would have been allowed to box again.
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 National Olympians Odlanier Solis, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Yan Barthelemy, who defected earlier in 2007. As with the other national 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. Then leader Fidel Castro has stated that Rigondeaux and Lara will not box again for the national team. In February 2009, Rigondeaux defected again via Mexico City to Miami, and signed with Arena Box-Promotion.
On February 23, 2009, Rigondeaux was announced to have defected along with 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Yudel Johnson, Yordanis Despaigne and Yuniel Dorticos and is now in Miami and is managed by Irish man Gary Hyde.
He will be training in the same gym as Yuriorkis Gamboa, Erislandi Lara and Odlanier Solis, and will continue his career as a professional once he completes all the residency requirements. He left behind his wife Farah Colina, a 7 year old son and a 17 year old stepson at home.
He is also reportedly staying in the home of countryman and featherweight contender Yuriorkis Gamboa.
Rigondeaux won his first professional debut on May 22 with a third-round TKO over Juan Noriega in Miami. 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. 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. He is also co-promoted by Boris Arencibia's Caribe Promotions.
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 8th bout (though interim) winning the WBA Super Bantamweight title.
The fight against Willie Casey was live on RTE (Ireland) at the City West Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland on the 19th of March 2011. This was Rigondeaux's first defence 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
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 after working with Freddie Roach, Alejandro "Pupi" Torre and Ronnie Shields, and has worked out with Jorge Rubio at his Xtreme Gym in Hialeah, Florida for Teon Kennedy fight. DJ Montanocordoba has served as his physical conditioner.
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. Rigondeaux told "They are cowards". That was why Rigondeaux said thanks to Teon Kennedy for being there at the pre-fight press conference 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.
Rigondeaux impressively stopped Kennedy in the 5th round after knocking him down five times all with his left cross, leading Kennedy to say "He just hits you with punches that you can't see". 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.
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. Rigondeaux gave him the first knockdown of his career in the 5th round and scored another knockdown in the 12th round to retain his title via a unanimous decision. It was a fight that Rigondeaux dominated, however, he was on shaky legs twice in the fight when Marroquin hit him with left hooks which could have raised some questions about his chin knowing that he has been previously knocked down with a jab by Cordoba.
Rigondeaux vs Donaire
Rigondeaux fought Nonito Donaire at Radio City Music Hall on April 13, 2013 to defend his WBA title and for Donaire's WBO and The Ring titles. Rigondeaux has left his trainer Jorge Rubio in order to start training with his former amateur trainer Pedro Diaz for this fight. Donaire came into the fight as the pound-for-pound No. 5 fighter in the World.
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. 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. 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, winning a clear unanimous decision to unify titles and win The Ring Super Bantamweight title from Donaire. Ring TV.com scored it 117–110 in favour of Rigondeaux, and HBO's Harold Lederman had it 118–109 for him.