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 39 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. The strange thing is that Rigo had a big chance around a year ago where he had the possibility to enter the WBSS bantamweight tournament but his people said that it would be too difficult to make the 118 pound division. That would have been a great opportunity for him but he declined, and now he is making a move down to the very same division, bantamweight 118 pounds. There might be other factors that we are not aware of but it sure looked like a missed opportunity. Rigondeaux is facing Liborio Solis on the undercard of Gary Russel jr vs. Nyamabayar card. Solis is a tough experienced fighter but like Rigo, he is getting up there in age being 37 years old. He has 5 losses but to his credit he has never been stopped.
We believe that Rigondeaux will be the first to stop Liborio Solis. People don’t seem to understand; Rigondeaux is a very big puncher for both bantamweight and super bantamweight. He might have lost a step or two but he understands the urgency now and with an offensive minded trainer like Ronnie Shields, he will be going for the knockout and we believe he gets it. The Pick is Guillermo Rigondeaux to win by ko/tko for a price of +140 (2.40)
The Pick: Guillermo Rigondeaux to win by ko/tko
Odds: +140 (2.40 decimal odds)
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