Rigondeaux: People say I’m not exciting, but opponents feel my power and run!

Will Hart

Guillermo Rigondeaux has a perfectly acceptable explanation as to why the Cuban has failed to set the world alight since entering the paid ranks in 2009 on the back of two Olympic gold medals.

The 36 year-old is primed for the eighth defense of his super-bantamweight championship on June 17 against IBO title holder Moises Flores and moved to give his explanation prior to facing the Mexican.

“Some say I’m not exciting but it’s not my fault that once my opponents feel my power, they start running and stop throwing punches,” said Rigondeaux.

“Regardless of that, I’m going to give them what they want. I will be standing in the middle of the ring toe-to-toe and putting on a show for the fans.

“This is where I’ll show the world what my fans got to see in my last fight in the UK against [James] Dickens.”

He continued: “I want to thank Moises Flores for having the courage to step in the ring with me and accepting the mandatory challenge unlike many great fighters in my division.

“Moises is an exciting Mexican fighter who will bring a fight.

“I will be ready to exhibit why I am one of the best pound-for-pound boxers and the world’s best at 122 pounds.

“I’m ready to give fans the best fight out there, and the best is to come the evening of June 17.”

Criticism has been aimed as Rigondeaux for not moving up in weight to face the likes of Vasyl Lomachenko or Leo Santa Cruz, although the Flores fight could be the catalyst to make a jump to 126.

Treading water at 122 and waiting for the other champions to step-up seems a pointless task for the veteran, who has a perfect 17-0 record since ditching the vest for a steady paycheck.