Story by Chris Williams:
This Saturday night, WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KO’s) will be defending his title against former IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko (29-4, 22 KO’s) on HBO from the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. Rigondeaux, 33, hasn’t fought since dominating Nonito Donaire in winning an easy 12 round unanimous decision last April in New York.
This isn’t the big fight that Rigondeaux wanted after he beat Donaire. Rigondeaux wanted a big fight, but instead he’s got to settle for for Agbeko, who has lost 3 out of his last 5 fights. When casual fans think of Agebeko, they remember his exciting fights against Abner Mares, Yonnhy Perez and Vic Darcinyan. But what they don’t remember was that he was beaten twice by Mares, beaten by Perez and almost beaten by Darchyinyan.
Rigondeaux has been waiting all this time for his promoters at Top Rank to find him a fight, as he wanted to fight Donaire again in a rematch to prove that his win wasn’t a fluke, but instead Donaire was matched against past his best 37-year-old Vic Darchinyan last month. Continue reading