Guillermo Rigondeaux: “I’m The Best Pound For Pound Fighter At 122, Nobody Wanted To Fight Me So I Came Down To 118”

By: Hans Themistode For much of his career, Guillermo Rigondeaux has been incredibly consistent. The Cuban native has routinely walked up to the scales and made the super bantamweight limit of 122 pounds. Outside of his failed attempt to move up two weight classes in 2017 against Vasiliy Lomachenko, Rigondeaux has made his name at 122. Yet, no matter how many world titles he congregated, Rigondeaux found it incredibly frustrating to compete in a division where the big fights he craved seldom took place. In an effort to move his career in the right direction, the 40-year-old decided to move down in weight. In his first trip to the bantamweight division, Rigondeaux defeated Liborio Solis via split decision in February of 2020 to win the vacant WBA “Regular” crown. Now, he plans on adding more gold when he takes on WBO titlist, John Riel Casimero. The two are slated to face off in the main event slot on August 14th at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. While fighting at 118 pounds is still somewhat foreign territory, Rigondeaux explains that he simply got tired of waiting for someone to have the courage to face him in his more natural weight class. “Nobody wanted to fight me at 122,” said Rigondeaux during a virtual presser. “I’m the best pound-for-pound fighter at 122. It just happens that nobody wanted to fight me there. I have the recognition but nobody wanted to fight me so I came down to 118.” Should Rigondeaux pick up the win against Casimero, he’ll set his sights on facing pound-for-pound star, Naoya Inoue, the division's unified champion. The Cuban product has long been intrigued by a matchup that would feature Inoue’s explosive offense and his elusive defense. If a showdown between the pair took place, Rigondeaux is confident that he would walk away with the win. With that said, he does tip his cap to the immensely talented fighter out of Japan. “He’s an excellent champion. Very good fighter, nothing but respect for him.” The post Guillermo Rigondeaux: “I’m The Best Pound For Pound Fighter At 122, Nobody Wanted To Fight Me So I Came Down To 118” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Guillermo Rigondeaux: “I’m The Best Pound For Pound Fighter At 122, Nobody Wanted To Fight Me So I Came Down To 118”

By: Hans Themistode

For much of his career, Guillermo Rigondeaux has been incredibly consistent.

The Cuban native has routinely walked up to the scales and made the super bantamweight limit of 122 pounds. Outside of his failed attempt to move up two weight classes in 2017 against Vasiliy Lomachenko, Rigondeaux has made his name at 122. Yet, no matter how many world titles he congregated, Rigondeaux found it incredibly frustrating to compete in a division where the big fights he craved seldom took place.

In an effort to move his career in the right direction, the 40-year-old decided to move down in weight. In his first trip to the bantamweight division, Rigondeaux defeated Liborio Solis via split decision in February of 2020 to win the vacant WBA “Regular” crown. Now, he plans on adding more gold when he takes on WBO titlist, John Riel Casimero. The two are slated to face off in the main event slot on August 14th at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

While fighting at 118 pounds is still somewhat foreign territory, Rigondeaux explains that he simply got tired of waiting for someone to have the courage to face him in his more natural weight class.

“Nobody wanted to fight me at 122,” said Rigondeaux during a virtual presser. “I’m the best pound-for-pound fighter at 122. It just happens that nobody wanted to fight me there. I have the recognition but nobody wanted to fight me so I came down to 118.”

Should Rigondeaux pick up the win against Casimero, he’ll set his sights on facing pound-for-pound star, Naoya Inoue, the division's unified champion. The Cuban product has long been intrigued by a matchup that would feature Inoue’s explosive offense and his elusive defense. If a showdown between the pair took place, Rigondeaux is confident that he would walk away with the win.

With that said, he does tip his cap to the immensely talented fighter out of Japan.

“He’s an excellent champion. Very good fighter, nothing but respect for him.”

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Tyson Fury: ‘I’m The Last Person To Blame,’ For Covid Outbreak In Training Camp

By: Sean Crose "I couldn't have been more ready for next Saturday," lineal and WBC heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury has told the Daily Mail. "After that I'd have been just as ready to knock out Anthony Joshua in December." Fury was indeed supposed to meet Deontay Wilder for the third time in the ring this Saturday night in Vegas. The fight has been pushed back until October 9th, however, due to a Corona virus outbreak in Fury's camp. 'I'm the last person to blame,' Fury said of the outbreak. 'I don't have a large entourage, unlike most world champions with all their ass-licking hangers on. Since coming back into full time camp I hadn't been anywhere other than my new house here and the Top Rank gym. Nor had my team." Fury then went on to indicate he felt a sparring partner could have been responsible for bringing in Covid. 'The only people whose movements I couldn't completely control were my sparring partners, who change," he said. "They came in and out of the bubble and everyone knows this town is full of Covid. I suspect we caught it from one of them." Now, however, Fury insists that things are different. 'We will strictly control the access for sparring partners and increase testing," he said. "No masseur. No fitness coach. No dietician. Even my two brothers will have to wait to join me until fight week here in Vegas." Fury and Wilder first met in the ring in 2018. Fury seemed to be winning the fight entering the twelfth, but a thunderous Wilder shot sent Fury to the mat. To his lasting credit, Fury got up, but the bout was ultimately ruled a draw. They met again just over a year later. This time, however, Fury - who was now trained by Sugar Hill Steward - completely dominated his man, stopping Wilder in the seventh. Covid prevented a third fight from happening and it looked like Fury would be facing fellow titlist Anthony Joshua in August. An arbitrator, however, ruled that Fury would indeed have to face Wilder again by September. Now, however, the world will have to wait until October for Fury-Wilder 3 to become a fruition. "Mentally he's a broken man," Fury says of Wilder, who has proven to be no big fan. "I destroyed him last time in seven rounds and I will ruin him quicker next time. Inside five. He knows that if we fought ten times I would win ten times." The post Tyson Fury: ‘I’m The Last Person To Blame,’ For Covid Outbreak In Training Camp appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Tyson Fury:  ‘I’m The Last Person To Blame,’ For Covid Outbreak In Training Camp

By: Sean Crose

"I couldn't have been more ready for next Saturday," lineal and WBC heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury has told the Daily Mail. "After that I'd have been just as ready to knock out Anthony Joshua in December." Fury was indeed supposed to meet Deontay Wilder for the third time in the ring this Saturday night in Vegas. The fight has been pushed back until October 9th, however, due to a Corona virus outbreak in Fury's camp.

'I'm the last person to blame,' Fury said of the outbreak. 'I don't have a large entourage, unlike most world champions with all their ass-licking hangers on. Since coming back into full time camp I hadn't been anywhere other than my new house here and the Top Rank gym. Nor had my team." Fury then went on to indicate he felt a sparring partner could have been responsible for bringing in Covid.

'The only people whose movements I couldn't completely control were my sparring partners, who change," he said. "They came in and out of the bubble and everyone knows this town is full of Covid. I suspect we caught it from one of them." Now, however, Fury insists that things are different. 'We will strictly control the access for sparring partners and increase testing," he said. "No masseur. No fitness coach. No dietician. Even my two brothers will have to wait to join me until fight week here in Vegas."

Fury and Wilder first met in the ring in 2018. Fury seemed to be winning the fight entering the twelfth, but a thunderous Wilder shot sent Fury to the mat. To his lasting credit, Fury got up, but the bout was ultimately ruled a draw. They met again just over a year later. This time, however, Fury - who was now trained by Sugar Hill Steward - completely dominated his man, stopping Wilder in the seventh. Covid prevented a third fight from happening and it looked like Fury would be facing fellow titlist Anthony Joshua in August. An arbitrator, however, ruled that Fury would indeed have to face Wilder again by September. Now, however, the world will have to wait until October for Fury-Wilder 3 to become a fruition.

"Mentally he's a broken man," Fury says of Wilder, who has proven to be no big fan. "I destroyed him last time in seven rounds and I will ruin him quicker next time. Inside five. He knows that if we fought ten times I would win ten times."

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