2019 Jun 23

Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Julio Ceja

12 rounds, WBC junior featherweight eliminator

Guillermo Rigondeaux is simply one of the most talented boxers of all time. His amateur record was 388-12 and he captured 2 gold medals at the Olympics. That part of his career couldn’t have gone any better. He is already of course a proven World Champion as a professional also but he really has been done the hard way. His professional career is almost a disappointment and we say that because of the potential that he possesses or once possessed. He could have went down as perhaps one of the greats of all time, if he just would have gotten his rightfully deserved chance to prove it. He never got the chance. When he beat Nonito Donaire with a masterful performance everybody recognized just how good he was and they stayed the away from him at all costs and deprived him from showcasing just how good he really is. Now he is almost 38 years old and his best days are gone. He is still an exceptional fighter, no doubt about it but he is starting to decline and it will be more and more obvious for every fight from now on. After so many years with no meaningful fights or money they gave him a chance vs. Lomachenko in a fight where everything was stacked against him big time and he lost as expected. His opponent here Julio Ceja is a tough Mexican fighter with a good record of 32-3 with 28 knockout wins. The best version of Rigo is very superior to the likes of Ceja but how much does Rigo have left?

Ceja does have a lot of power but his knockouts have come mostly against journeymen. Rigondeaux will outbox and stop his outgunned opponent who has been inactive for the last 14 months. The last time Ceja fought he was stopped also. It is very likely that Rigondeaux stops him in the first half of the fight. Just too much talent that Rigo possesses.

The Pick: Guillermo Rigondeaux to win fight