Rigondeaux expects to defend his WBA belt before the end of the year

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Rigondeaux expects to defend his WBA belt before the end of the year
Rigondeaux expects to defend his WBA belt before the end of the year. Photo: Courtesy

Rigondeaux expects to defend his WBA belt before the end of the year

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Rigondeaux expects to defend his WBA belt before the end of the year
Rigondeaux expects to defend his WBA belt before the end of the year. Photo: Courtesy

The World Boxing Association 118-pound champion, Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux, wants to return to the ring before the end of this year. It’s been a tough road for boxing but the Caribbean boxer hopes to be one of the lucky ones to be able to fight again on this calendar.

The southpaw fighter had an interesting interview with El Nuevo Herald, in which he spoke about his possibilities to return to the ring soon and about his willingness to fight anyone in the bantamweight division in defense of his black and gold belt.

“Very soon (about his return to the ring). It seems like something finally came up for me. I don’t know if it’s November or December, but I can assure you that I will fight before the end of 2020. I know that many out there are waiting for me to get back in the ring, but believe me, nobody wants to fight more than I do”, said the 40-year-old veteran.

Since the pause in boxing due to the pandemic, the sport has returned, but most events have been closed to the public, a situation that Rigondeaux gave his impression of.

“Without an audience it’s a little boring, but that’s what we have to do and I think we should go out and do our best, while we wait for everything to get better and people to come back and watch boxing live. I once told you that I fight even in my own backyard. For the times we are living, things are going well”, he said.

In February, the Cuban boxer beat Liborio Solis by a majority decision and won the WBA belt in a great performance. Now, he wants a bigger challenge and with that goal in mind he calls on the big names in the division.

“The division is pretty good, but the question is, who wants to fight me at 118? That’s the big question, but I’m expecting opponents to show up. What fans should ask themselves is what do the others think about fighting me”, said an confident Rigondeaux.


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