VA
  • TGT on YouTube
  • About TGT
  • The TGT Team
  • How TGT rates
  • Responsible Gambling Advice
  • Contact Our Team
  • Writers Wanted
  • Content Disclaimer
  • Affiliate Disclosure
Contains commercial content
Billboard Left
Billboard Left
The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / If I Were a Boxing Matchmaker: Guillermo Rigondeaux

If I Were a Boxing Matchmaker: Guillermo Rigondeaux

The hourglass is running out but he still may have some big fights in him
Publish Date: 05/06/2019
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis

I would like to discuss some matches for another highly skilled and underappreciated boxer today.

Guillermo Rigondeaux 18-1 (12 KOs)

Guillermo Rigondeaux is a boxer that I have thoroughly enjoyed watching over the years. He is a highly skilled boxer who has the punching power to accommodate the technical gifts. He has a solid and balanced stance that allows him to be in proper position at all times. He doesn’t move much, but he doesn’t really need to. He can make the opponent pay when they attempt to move in and usually works at his own pace. I have no idea why this man has gotten so much flack for being boring to watch. Anybody who can’t respect the talent that this man has, just clearly doesn’t understand the objective of boxing. I understand that he doesn’t throw a hundred punches per round and he doesn’t use his chin as a punching bag, but for me Rigondeaux is phenomenal to watch.

Guillermo Rigondeaux is either one of the most ducked boxers that I have seen, or his management team is just trash. There have been so many opportunities to create great matchups for him in the past and there still is. If somebody can’t put together some good bouts for him, then I guess I will have to just fantasize and create my own, so here we go.

#1 Matchup: Carl Frampton 26-2 (15 KOs)

“The Jackals Collide”. This a great matchup between two top quality veterans. Carl Frampton is coming off of a loss to Josh Warrington in which he looked like he was a little “past it”, or he just wasn’t that interested in being there that night. He even kind of sounded like he might have been considering retirement in the post-fight interview. This fight would be a very technical bout with Frampton probably trying to be the more active of the two, yet Rigondeaux would be waiting to counter and make him pay for any mistake. Both men are seemingly nearing the end of their respective careers and this could be a great one to put on for both of their legacies. It would also show which of them is a top five-ish contender in the featherweight division. Frampton is a smaller featherweight and could probably still drop down to 122 if need be, but I think it would be just fine to let them schedule this as a featherweight bout, considering they are both smaller guys anyways, yet both getting older.

#2 Matchup: Gary Russell Jr. 29-1 (17 KOs)

This would be a great match between two former highly decorated amateurs. Both of these men have only lost once and it was to the same opponent. That of course was Mister Vasiliy Lomachenko, which everybody should know is a top pound-for-pound king. This would probably not be the most interesting bout for most casual fans, as neither one of them throw a lot of punches. However, from a technical chess match stand point, I think many boxing enthusiasts would love to see this. Whenever Russell decides to get with the program and sign up for these bigger marquee matchups, then maybe this fight could happen after we finally get him and Santa Cruz together to decide a clear number one at featherweight. If not, this will suit just fine for me in the meantime.

#3 Matchup: Leo Santa Cruz 36-1-1 (19 KOs)

This would be a tough test for Rigondeaux. This would prove how he could deal with the younger guy going after him. Santa Cruz would clearly be the more active, but Rigondeaux would be waiting to take advantage of the opportunities that Santa Cruz allows for with his fairly open defense that can be exploited by a crafty veteran. Whether Rigondeaux has enough power to hurt Santa Cruz when he does hit him is a big factor in the outcome of the fight. This bout would allow Guillermo the opportunity to prove that he is still a championship level boxer.  If he pulled off the win, he would be considered the number one, or number two in the featherweight division.

#4 Matchup: Rey Vargas 33-0 (22 KOs)

Rey Vargas is a very tall, lanky guy with long arms. Like I have stated before, I am not to fond of the excessive amount of weight classes, especially at the smaller weights. I think Vargas should just move up to 126 to provide more competition at 126, but if he didn’t, him and Rigondeaux can get together to prove who is the best at 122. Vargas can provide a tough obstacle for the Jackal due to his body size and boxing ability from range. Guillermo would test Rey’s chin and might be able to catch him with a clean shot while Vargas is off balance like Manzanilla did. Whether this took place at 122 or 126 doesn’t really make a difference to me, as long as it happened either way.

#5 Matchup: Naoya Inoue 17-0 (15 KOs)

The young monster on the rise. This would be an awesome matchup between two of the best in their divisions. Inoue is the young bully boogeyman and Rigondeaux is the old man who would be looking to provide a good quality spanking to this young whippersnapper. Inoue looks like a beefy bantamweight and will probably continue to move quickly to higher weight classes. He is the same height as Guillermo. This bout would probably be perfect to get signed after Inoue finishes his duties for the World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight Tournament and Rigondeaux has a chance to go for a shot at the best at either the 122 pound or 126 pounds.

Billboard Left
Billboard Left
Read Also
Tommy Morrison and AIDS: The Truth about what happened
Tommy Morrison burst onto the professional boxing scene in 1988. Following a ...
Come Fly with me: How the 1988-89 Chicago Bulls pushed forward to an NBA dynasty.
Find the best sportsbook to bet on the NBA Playoffs! Prologue: By ...
SI Sportsbook Promo
Esteban de Jesus, Roberto Duran y AIDS (1972-89)
Many of us dream of celebrity sports fame, but only cruel individuals ...
Michael Nunn and Iran Barkley Discuss Their Bout, Bob Arum, and the Four Kings
Mountains to Climb, Pebbles in Your Shoe “I always say that was ...
Elmer Ray: The Humble Man of Hastings
"Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for ...
Ranking the top 200 players in the NFL ahead of the 2021 season
This list isn’t based solely on performances from the 2020 NFL season. ...
Lady Tyger’s Tale: How Marian Trimiar Mauled the Boxing Establishment of the 1970s and 80s
To Feed the Ambition in Your Heart is Like Carrying a Tiger ...
The Army Boxer Who Knocked-Down Muhammad Ali (1960)
I had wanted to write a boxing story about Junebug Hudson for ...
Irish Heavyweight Champion (OR NOT), Peter Maher (1895)
(Phoenix, Arizona – June 2018)  Last night -- or this morning depending ...
Sportsbook of the month
SI Sportsbook - Get your Free Bet now! Get your Free Bet now!
Top Brands
Top Bonuses
Stake.us
Stake.us
Stake.us Review
98/100
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Review
97/100
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Review
95/100
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Review
93/100
SweepSlots
SweepSlots
SweepSlots Review
93/100
Stake.us
Stake.us Bonus
5% Rakeback
T&Cs apply
9.8/10
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Bonus
30 SCs on 1st Purchase + 4.5 SCs FREE
T&Cs apply
9.7/10
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Bonus
Join GOLDEN2000 for 2,000 FREE coins
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Bonus
140k GC + 400 FC
T&Cs apply
9.3/10
SweepSlots
SweepSlots Bonus
1,000 Gold Coins Daily
T&Cs apply
9.3/10
Latest News
NCAA Basketball Florida vs Alabama: Odds, Tips and Predictions 02/08/23
📅 Date: Wendsday, February, 8 🕚 Game Time: ...
NBA 76ers vs Celtics: Odds, Tips and predictions 02/08/23
📅 Date: Wednesday, February, 08 🕚 Game Time: ...
Top10 Wins in Xavier Basketball History
I thought about making a list like this ...
Betting Tips
Our Latest YouTube Videos
Video: Indiana Basketball🏀 Weekly Show W/Steve Risley: IU/Rutgers preview and more
Indiana Basketball Weekly Show W/Steve Risley: IU/Rutgers preview and more
Video: Indiana Basketball🏀 Weekly W/Steve Risley: Indiana vs Purdue Recap
Indiana Basketball Weekly W/Steve Risley: Indiana vs Purdue Recap
Video: Indiana Basketball Weekly W/Steve Risley: Indiana vs Purdue Preview
Indiana Basketball Weekly W/Steve Risley: Indiana vs Purdue Preview
Sportsbook of the month
SI Sportsbook - Get your Free Bet now! Get your Free Bet now!
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....
Top Online Casinos
Top Casinos Bonuses
Stake.us
Stake.us
Stake.us Review
98/100
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Review
97/100
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Review
95/100
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Review
93/100
SweepSlots
SweepSlots
SweepSlots Review
93/100
Stake.us
Stake.us Bonus
5% Rakeback
T&Cs apply
9.8/10
Wow Vegas
Wow Vegas Bonus
30 SCs on 1st Purchase + 4.5 SCs FREE
T&Cs apply
9.7/10
Golden Hearts Games
Golden Hearts Games Bonus
Join GOLDEN2000 for 2,000 FREE coins
T&Cs apply
9.5/10
Fortune Coins
Fortune Coins Bonus
140k GC + 400 FC
T&Cs apply
9.3/10
SweepSlots
SweepSlots Bonus
1,000 Gold Coins Daily
T&Cs apply
9.3/10
Top Betting Sites
Top Betting Bonuses
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook Review
97/100
FanDuel
FanDuel
FanDuel Review
96/100
Bet365
Bet365
Bet365 Review
94/100
PointsBet
PointsBet
PointsBet Review
94/100
BetMGM
BetMGM
BetMGM Review
93/100
SI Sportsbook
SI Sportsbook Bonus
BET $20 GET $200 IN FREE BETS
T&Cs apply
9.7/10
First deposit only | 21+ & located in VA | Promo code as seen| A qualifying bet is $20 or more | Min odds of +120 or more | Free Bet Tokens credited after bet is settled and expire after 7 days | Free Bet stakes not included in winnings | Please Gamble Responsibly - Gambling Problem? VA: CALL 1-888-532-3500 | Full T&C apply
FanDuel
FanDuel Bonus
No Sweat First Bet up to $3,000
T&Cs apply
9.6/10
Bet365
Bet365 Bonus
Bet $1, Get $200
T&Cs apply
9.4/10
BetMGM
BetMGM Bonus
100% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
9.3/10
DraftKings
DraftKings Bonus
20% up to $1000
T&Cs apply
9.2/10
Our Team
Mike GoodpasterAuthor IconJosh SchwartzSamuel TeetsSimon Briffa
+8
Mike Goodpaster
Mike Goodpaster
Chief Editor
Author Icon
Christopher Carlson
Content Writer
Josh Schwartz
Josh Schwartz
Editor
Samuel Teets
Samuel Teets
US Sports Veteran
Simon Briffa
Simon Briffa
Sports Editor
Mark Lewis
Mark Lewis
Editor
Chris Benedict
Chris Benedict
Editor
Author Icon
Malik Zorrok
Author
Author Icon
Daniel Kornhauser
Author
John Raspanti
John Raspanti
Author
Author Icon
Buddy Gibbs
Author
Brian Coburn
Brian Coburn
Author
Peter Bonahoom
Peter Bonahoom
Author
Find out what the legends have to say about sports this week....

If you enjoy hearing from the legends of pro sports, then be sure to tune into “The Grueling Truth” sports shows, “Where the legends speak”

Contact us: [email protected]

Players must be 21 years of age or older or reach the minimum age for gambling in their respective state and located in jurisdictions where online gambling is legal. Please play responsibly. Bet with your head, not over it. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, and wants help, call or visit: (a) the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey at 1-800-Gambler or www.800gambler.org; or (b) Gamblers Anonymous at 855-2-CALL-GA or www.gamblersanonymous.org.

This site is using Cloudflare and adheres to the Google Safe Browsing Program. We adapted Google's Privacy Guidelines to keep your data safe at all times.

sdfgfdgcsdfgfdgcww
Move to Top
Close
Stake.us Exclusive Bonus
5% Rakeback
Promo Code
Copy
Visit Site
T&Cs apply, 21+
Payment Methods
Bitcoin
Litecoin
Ethereum
Dogecoin
Highlights
  • Social casino loved by Drake!
  • Play Plinko, Hilo, Crash and more!
  • Get Stake Cash bonuses every day!
Stake Originals
Dice
Crash
Plinko
Mines
×
Your Bonus Code:
The bonus offer of was already opened in an additional window. If not, you can open it also by clicking the following link:
Visit Site