Sunday, 08 December 2013 04:00

Guillermo Rigondeaux defeats Agbeko: Cuban's greatness cannot be denied

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WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs) thoroughly outclassed Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko (29-5, 22 KOs), winning a lopsided decision over twelve rounds last night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The scores were 120-108 on all cards.

The two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist, considered by some the greatest amateur who has ever graced the ring, may be the best fighter in the world.

In just twelve pro fights, he captured the lineal super bantamweight championship by defeating pound-for-pound star and 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaire.

But despite all of his accolades, Rigondeaux is an under-appreciated champion of sorts and there are a couple of factors that contribute to this dilemma.

1. Size -  Fighters competing from strawweight to junior lightweight typically receive significantly less exposure than their contemporaries in higher weight classes despite having some of the best talent in boxing. This is nothing new in boxing as it's rare to see a fighter under 135 lbs receive tremendous fanfare.

2. Style - Exciting fighters tend to get more exposure. No matter the weight class or skill level, fans love to see a blood-and-guts battle with knockdowns and, of course, knockouts. But the ultra-skilled Rigo is an extremely technical fighter who is good enough to win - and dominate - without having to take significant risks. 

The Cuban's fights, much to the chagrin of casual fight fans, are like chess matches. He masterfully exposes opponents' weakness and methodically picks them apart.


It takes a certain type of fan to admire his style and skill and casual fans, perhaps due to their lack of knowledge of boxing at a high level, have no appreciation for the litttle dynamo who outhinks and outclasses his foes with apparent ease.

Perhaps Rigodeaux, like fine wine, is an acquired taste. It may take time for fans to warm up to the Cuban boxer. After all, he only has thirteen pro fights.  

His win over Joseph Agbeko last night is a nice addition to Rigo's resume and as long as the fighter dubbed 'The Jackal' continues to handily defeat name opponents, his talent and greatness cannot be denied.