WBA and WBO super-bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux will defend his belts against undefeated Dominican Jonathan Guzman on July 19th at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China.
The formidable Cuban, who is ranked highly in the pound for pound ratings after just thirteen pro fights, puts his titles on the line for second time since unifying the division in an impressive win over Nonito Donaire in April 2013.
Last time out, the 33 year-old former amateur star dominated ex-world champion Joseph Ageko at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and will go into his clash with the ‘Salomon King’ as a heavy favourite to retain his status.
Guzman, 24, is currently 16-0 with one no contest, but has never fought any real standout boxers and makes the lofty trip up to world class on the back of a TKO victory over a fighter who had no wins to his name.
The Santa Domingo resident has only four victories over boxers with a winning record and it could be hotly debated how Guzman is even sharing a ring with Rigondeaux with such an obscure C.V.
‘Rigo’ is known for being one of the most avoided boxers at 122lbs, with the likes of fellow-title holders Leo Santa Cruz and Kiko Martinez seemingly uninterested in negotiating a big money battle.
Also slated for appearances in Macau are Chinese favourite Zou Shiming, who aims to extend his perfect start to his pro career in his fifth outing, whilst former flyweight king Brian Viloria continues his comeback from losing to Juan Estrada last year.
More details and bouts will be announced soon.
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