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Rigondeaux ordered to defend WBO belt against Avalos

Phil Jay 05/08/2014

Unified super-bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux has been given 30 days from August 1 to defend his WBO title against American contender Chris ‘The Hitman’ Avalos.

A document obtained by WBN this week states that the talented Cuban must negotiate with Avalos by August 31, after which time purses will be called with a minimum bid of $100,000.

Rigondeaux, 33, recently pounded Sod Kokietgym in just over half a round at Cotai Arena in Macao, China and has a strangle hold on the number one position at 122lbs since overthrowing Nonito Donaire in April of last year.

On the other hand, 24 year-old Avalos is relatively unkown, having lost two of 26 bouts, but did win an IBF eliminator in May at the same venue when stopping Yasutaka Ishimoto in eight rounds to record an 18th career knockout.

There have been many calls for Rigondeaux to unify against WBC title holder number two Leo Santa Cruz at some point in the future, with an opportunity arising to make the fight on the Mayweather v Maidana undercard on September 13.

Santa Cruz is currently on the lookout for an opponent for the date, and if ‘Rigo’ and the Mexican can come to an arrangement for a massive three-belt unification, the fight with Avalos could become obsolete.

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