Guillermo Rigondeaux made a statement on Saturday evening at the Cotai Arena in Macau, blasting out the woefully overmatched Sod Kokietgym in just one round to retain his unified super bantamweight championship.
The 33-year-old Cuban proved once again that he is an immense talent who is capable of producing exciting moments, but questions linger about whether or not this performance will return him to the good graces of his promoter Top Rank and the major television networks.
Rigondeaux's victory was not televised live on American TV—HBO won't even show it on tape delay despite picking up the other main bouts on the card—but it has been picked up by Spanish-language station UniMas, which will replay it later on Saturday.
The aversion to televising Rigondeaux has largely been due to his safety-first style, which has helped produce some real stinkers over the past couple of years. That wasn't a problem on Saturday in Macau, but few are likely to be excited about the blowout of an overmatched opponent, especially when you couldn't see it live.
But still, Rigondeaux does possess two world title belts at 122 pounds, and that makes him attractive to potential opponents. And if he can't find someone willing to try and take those from him, he recently expressed a willingness to move up in weight.
All that said, these are the five best options for his next fight.