Gary Hyde had a feeling things might not go smoothly when he got word that Leo Santa Cruz was open to fighting Guillermo Rigondeaux. He told me of a gut instinct that things wouldn’t reach a state of fruition, and me being an upbeat sort, I told him I thought and hoped that wouldn’t be the case.
Hyde learned today, though, that apparently the prospect of Rigo facing off against LSC became a much less distinct possibility, when he learned that Santa’s contract was sold off by promoter Golden Boy, to advisor Al Haymon.
“I knew this was a possibility,” the Irishman told me. “The WBC should strip Leo of the WBC title for making a mockery of their title. Santa Cruz is a coward for not accepting the Rigo unification fight. He ran for cover to Al Haymon because he knows he will be protected from a Rigo massacre. Santa Cruz is gutless and should not be allowed to defend against another unknown challenger. Rigo and Carl Frampton are the only genuine world champions.”
I called a media contact at the Haymon organization and hope to hear back, and also messaged Santa Cruz for comment. I will insert his response if and when it arrives. I also left a voice mail for Golden Boy VP Eric Gomez to get his take.
Rigo holds the WBA and WBO 126 crowns, Frampton the IBF and LSC the WBC, for the record.
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