According to a report by Boxingtalk.com senior writer Scott Schaffer, Guillermo Rigondeaux will no longer be fighting on the September 15th Top Rank pay-per-view card headlined by Martinez vs. Chavez Jr. in Las Vegas. Rigondeaux was scheduled to face Robert Marroquin.
"Guillermo Rigondeaux is off Top Rank's September 15th show as a result of an injunction issued in Florida state court. Rigondeaux's contractual, but apparently estranged manager, got the injunction forcing the WBA 122-pound title holder off the Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. undercard. Hyde's right to approve any bout for Rigondeaux during the term of the managerial contract was confirmed by the court, and it is believed Golden Boy is interested in making a competing offer."
Rigondeaux won gold medals for his native Cuba in both the 2000 and 2004 Olympic games along with a slew of other amateur accolades to long to list. He is widely considered one of the greatest amateurs of all time. Since turning pro in 2009, he was won all ten of his fights with eight of those wins coming by knockout.
In just his seventh pro fight, Rigondeaux won the WBA interim super bantamweight title. In his ninth fight he stopped the previously unbeaten Rico Ramos in sixth round to gain the full WBA title.
Rigondeaux had arguably the best performance of his career in his last fight against Teon Kennedy. Rigondeaux dropped the Philadelphia fighter five times in the bout before referee Russell Mora called a halt to the action in the fifth round.
The fight, which took place on the undercard of the Pacquiao Bradley pay-per-view, was a coming out party of sorts for the former Olympic gold medal winner. After his performance against Kennedy, fight fans were clamoring for a showdown between Rigondeaux and the highly regarded Nonito Donaire.
This is bad news for the former Cuban amateur star that was just starting to be known to the casual boxing fan. Rigondeaux is already 31 and for the super bantamweight division where speed is the key, his years at the top could be numbered.
I personally hope this can get cleared up soon and Rigondeaux can get back in the ring as soon as possible. He has all the tools to be a top pound for pound fighter in the world and it would be a shame for legal drama to keep the world from seeing that.
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