Guillermo Rigondeaux vs Moises Flores

June 17th, Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Guillermo Rigondeaux

The lineal and WBA super champion  Guillermo Rigondeaux is back in action on June 17th in a superbantamweight unification match up with WBA interim and IBO world champion Moises Flores at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Moises Flores is an undefeated Mexican fighter with a record of 25W 17KOs. Standing at 5ft 9 inches tall he is an incredibly tall fighter for the division and will be the first fighter to enjoy a natural reach advantage over Rigo. However his aggressive typical Mexican style does not really see him utilise his jab and stay at range so I don’t think this will be of any advantage in this fight.

He likes to come forward, plant his feet and wing hard shots in to the body using his long arms and legs for leverage. He will have to find some way to utilise his size. However speed and timing will be an issue for him against an opponent who he will struggle to catch.

Some have called him a perfect boxer. Now even at 36 years of age, El Chacal otherwise known as RIgo is lightning quick and hard to catch with a shot. Inside of the ropes, he is like the Mayweather of the 122lb division.

His wins have been so dominant and one sided that he has not provided the entertainment for the fans through no fault of his own. Nonito Donaire has been his best dance partner so far managing to drop him with a flash knockdown but even that fight was quite one sided in Rigo’s favour.

His pure pugilistic skills are truly world class but he is just not the full package when you consider his status within the sport. A match up with the equally lauded and decorated Vasyl Lomachenko looked on the cards a few years ago and would have captured the imagnation of boxing fans but it never came to fruition and with Lomachenko having moved up to super featherweight he looks now to be too big for the fight to happen.  

A product of the infamous Cuban system he won everything as an amateur twice over. He won Olympic gold in Sydney 2000 then backed it up four years later taking gold in Athens. He also bagged two world championship gold medals to add to his impressive haul of winnings. After defecting to the USA to chase the professional dream he swiftly rattled through the division with ease.

Despite standing at only 5ft 4 inch tall he has a very long reach. I expect another boxing clinic from Rigo in this fight. WBC champion Rey Vargas and WBO champion Jessie Magdaleno may prove to be a stiffer test. Magdeleno proved his class by beating Donaire over the distance and on paper looks the best pick to do anything against El Chacal.

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