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Published on Jul 23, 2013
For those that don't know, Guillermo Rigondeaux is a two time Olympic gold medalist (2000 and 2004) and the undisputed world champion in professional boxing's super bantamweight (WBO and WBA) weight division. Originally from the city of Santiago de Cuba, he now boxes professionally out of Miami, Florida. Considered by many to be an elite-leveled boxer (even within the prestigious Cuban school of boxing), Guillermo Rigondeaux's name is often mentioned in the same breath as Eligio "Kid Chocolate" Sardiñas Montalvo, Teofilo Stevenson, and Felix Savon. An amateur record exceeding over 400 bouts with only 12 losses is a mark within the world of amateur boxing that many amateur boxers can't even begin to fathom.
After leaving his native Cuba (which was an odyssey in itself), he became a professional boxer with a record of 12 wins and 0 losses (as of July, 2013). In Rigondeaux's twelfth professional fight, he defeated a heavily favored Filipino-American boxer named Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire. Despite being a heavy underdog for the fight, many boxing "purists" stated that Rigondeaux's performance was noteworthy of being called "The Sweet Science" at its finest moment.
Unfortunately, many critics have stated that Guillermo Rigondeaux's professional fighting style represents his perceived personality: boring. This video was originally done by Rigondeaux's promotional company Caribe Promotions as a way to "introduce" Rigondeaux while he was preparing for his biggest professional fight against Nonito Donaire. Personally, I love Hip Hop, and I love the sport of boxing, and this segment proves to people that Rigondeaux is more of a "flavored" personality than what many people give him credit for.
The more we know, the more we can learn. Rigondeaux's professional style can always evolve; however, Rigondeaux's professional evolution shouldn't come at the costs of compromising his brilliant skills as an elite technician. Thanks to the people that stuck by Rigondeaux when he is being scrutinized at a time when he should be praised!
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