Rigondeaux wins WBA belt

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Rigondeaux wins WBA belt

Rigondeaux wins WBA belt

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Rigondeaux wins WBA belt

Guillermo Rigondeaux, 7-0 (5 KOs), scored a 12-round split decision over Ricardo Cordoba, 37-3-2 (23 KOs), to capture the WBA interim super bantamweight title. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Rigondeaux was the aggressor for the first six rounds. He stalked Cordoba around the ring and darted in and out of range with combinations but missed more than he landed.

Cordoba tried to counter but he too missed more than he landed. Rigondeaux sent Cordoba to a knee with a left to the ribcage in the fourth and Cordoba returned the favor dropping Rigondeaux to a knee in the next round. Rigondeaux decided to change strategies in the second half of the bout as he glided around the ring and made Cordoba chase him. Neither fighter landed anything significant but Rigondeaux missed less. The crowd booed the lack of action as early as the third round and entertained themselves by doing the wave. Scores were 114-112 and 117-109 for Rigondeaux and 114-112 for Cordoba.


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