Visa Problems Threaten to Scuttle the Rigondeaux Dickens Fight in Liverpool

Rigondeaux Dickens Fight – Guillermo Rigondeaux is dealing with a visa problem that has put his March 12 bout vs. James “Jazza” Dickens in jeopardy. Rigondeaux vs. Dickens is the main supporting bout to the WBO World lightweight title affair between Terry Flanagan and Derry Mathews. The staging ground is Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Rigondeaux has been training in Russia and is currently grid-locked in Moscow. In a letter to British promoter Frank Warren, Rigondeaux’s co-promoter Dino Duva wrote that a Russian holiday has prevented the visa issue from being resolved in a timely manner.

Rigondeaux (16-0, 10 KOs) is rated #1 in the junior featherweight division by the authoritative Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. However, the 35-year old Cuban defector, a former two-time Olympic gold medalist, has been relatively inactive, forcing the sanctioning bodies to strip him of his titles. Owing largely to the problem of finding willing opponents, Rigondeaux has fought only once in the last 14 months and hasn’t fought a top five contender in almost three years.

If the bout is salvaged, Rigondeaux figures to have an easy time with the light hitting 24-year-old Dickens (21-1, 6 KOs), a fellow southpaw who has fought exclusively in the United Kingdom. A talked-about match with undefeated Carl Frampton, the IBF/WBA super bantamweight title-holder, would thrust the Cuban defector back into the spotlight. Rigondeaux and Frampton share a common nickname: “The Jackal.”

The match between the 26-year-old Terry Flanagan (29-0, 12 KOs) and 32-year-old Derry Mathews (38-9-2, 20 KOs) is an all-England affair, but Mathews, a Liverpudlian, will have the home field advantage. In his last start, Mathews scored a smashing second round knockout of Diego Magdaleno in the first defense of his WBO crown. Mathews is coming off a 12-round unanimous decision over Tony Luis is a match billed for the interim WBA World lightweight title.

Nine other bouts are scheduled, including an intriguing 12-round bantamweight affair between South Africa’s Zolani Tete and Mexico’s Jose Santos Gonzalez.

 

Check out a video results for this fight at The Boxing Channel

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-stormcentre :

Feel a bit sorry for Rigo, as his career (and beautiful abilities and potential) has been plagued by dramas. Rigondeaux could probably rise from his bed after 3 month hiatus from boxing and also a weekend of binge drinking, and still slap Dickens about. Anyway (with respect to the above news) let the drama, shenanigans, ducking, and dramatic overreactions begin. :) :)


-deepwater2 :

Wow , Your telling me a country enforced it's immigration laws?! Trump must be behind this! The people across the pond must tear down this wall or visa program. In all seriousness , who made the mistake? Paperwork must be completed! Come on roc nation, keep your eye on the ball.


-brownsugar :

Wow , Your telling me a country enforced it's immigration laws?! Trump must be behind this! The people across the pond must tear down this wall or visa program. In all seriousness , who made the mistake? Paperwork must be completed! Come on roc nation, keep your eye on the ball.
Well .... Political jabs, and Donald Trump quips notwithstanding... I have to admit that I'm very curious about Rigo's status. Boxing scene detailed every paper work filing detail of the visa securing process and it turns out that everyone did their due diligence until certain events unfolded AFTER the filing process was completed. Without going into minute detail there seems to have been some significant snags with the visa filing process. Here is the boiled down version. It turns out that there's a certain amount of days required for the paper work to go through. Normally the day Rigo's team filed his visa request would have satisfied the 5 day turn around time needed to complete the process. EXCEPT,... Russia has a holiday next week which extends the 5 day process another day and effectively cancels the completion of the filing process. Rocnation and Team Rigo points out that they followed the invitation letter instructions correctly and were not provided any special notification regarding a holiday. The fight is supposedly still salvagable at this point as the Russian officials acknowledge the lack of communication and prepose to take additional steps to workaround the holiday issue. But to everyone's shock and dismay, Rigo has left his training camp in Russia and in fact has returned to Florida. Russian officials cannot account for how Rigo left the country as his passport/current visa should still be in the Russian processing center, so his visa could be completed which would have allowed him to travel to the fight venue. But without possession of Rigo's passports the entire process screeches to a grinding halt. With Rigo being a professional, jetsetting defector and international border crossing expert.. It's no telling how Rigo was able to have crisscrossed the globe without his papers being entirely in order. (As he was located in Florida, probably conveniently unable to understand a word of English, while casting an extremely low profile). There are only a few things that will make a man travel so far under such time constraints, off the top of my head I don't even want to imagine something as lurid as drugs....money, or the opposite sex. (Or some Oscar DLH type temptation).... But it makes you want to speculate what's going on with Rigo that could have caused him to have blown such a much needed opportunity. I hope whatever it is, he can get it in check, we need to see this guy in at least 2 or 3 more superfights before he ages out of the game, or simply wastes away from inactivity.


-deepwater2 :

Well .... Political jabs, and Donald Trump quips notwithstanding... I have to admit that I'm very curious about Rigo's status. Boxing scene detailed every paper work filing detail of the visa securing process and it turns out that everyone did their due diligence until certain events unfolded AFTER the filing process was completed. Without going into minute detail there seems to have been some significant snags with the visa filing process. Here is the boiled down version. It turn out that there's a certain amount of days required for the paper work to go through. Normally the day Rigo's team filed his visa request would have satisfied the 5 day turn around time needed to complete the process. EXCEPT,... Russia has a holiday next week which extends the 5 day process another day and effectively cancels the completion of the filing process. Rocnation and Team Rigo points out that they followed the invitation letter instructions correctly and were not provided any special notification regarding a holiday. The fight is supposedly still salvagable at this point as the Russian officials acknowledge the lack of communication and prepose to take additional steps to workaround the holiday issue. But to everyone's shock and dismay, Rigo has left his training camp in Russia and in fact has returned to Florida. Russian officials cannot account for how Rigo left the country as his passport/current visa should still be in the Russian processing center, so his visa could be completed which would have allowed him to travel to the fight venue. But without possession of Rigo's passports the entire process screeches to a grinding halt. With Rigo being a professional, jetsetting defector and international border crossing expert.. It's no telling how Rigo was able to have crisscrossed the globe without his papers being entirely in order. (As he was located in Florida, probably conveniently unable to understand a word of English, while casting an extremely low profile). There are only a few things that will make a man travel so far under such time constraints, off the top of my head I don't even want to imagine something as lurid as drugs....money, or the opposite sex. (Or some Oscar DLH type temptation).... But it makes you want to speculate what's going on with Rigo that could have caused him to have blown such a much needed opportunity. I hope whatever it is, he can get it in check, we need to see this guy in at least 2 or 3 more superfights before he ages out of the game, or simply wastes away from inactivity.
So Rigo is to blame? Doesn't he have a minder or someone? Was Pedro Diaz with him on this trip? Note to boxers: don't use illegal passports! Rigo might be feeling his age and is frustrated over his slow career.


-stormcentre :

Wow , Your telling me a country enforced it's immigration laws?! Trump must be behind this! The people across the pond must tear down this wall or visa program. In all seriousness , who made the mistake? Paperwork must be completed! Come on roc nation, keep your eye on the ball.
Go Trump !!!! He's the reason - for sure - the immigration laws worked as expected. Yes, he's behind it alright. Always doing good and doing right; Kimba the white lion style. And bury stupid Jay Z (you're probably right Deep, RN may have very well dropped the ball). I'm just waiting for Trump to get on the podium and tell mainstream media to go hump itself (as) stupid (as Jay Z) and give Sharaporova a break. In return for her support of Trump's candidacy course. :) Look . . . some amongst us may think that boxing is not always known for its prosecution of leading fighters in relation to doping violations (that statement is surely in the running for annual competition of gross understatements); but it will be interesting to see how all the governing authorities in the Tennis world deal with this and their star female player. Maria's half hearted attempt at providing the impression that she was taking ownership for the "accidental" problem was - in my view - farcical. Of course, that's only
Storm's opinion, view, and true if you ignore the following questions about . . . .


1) How;

A) Not, any of the other athletes (that most professional sport's people are aware of) that have been busted for Meldonium/Mildronate recently and just prior to Maria's recent "accidental" PED bust/intake; that itself went on for an incredible 10 years !!! B) Not, even the new banned substance list being released; that both Sharapova and her (well paid) team amazingly forgot to read.

Managed to capture Maria's attention and/or deter her interest in Meldonium/Mildronate within both an Australian Open and winning context. To put this in perspective; to date, just in this year (2016), about 6 athletes have already tested positive for Meldonium/Mildronate. That's 6 heads rolling in just over 60 days, and all these athletes come from different countries and disciplines. Yet, Maria and her team - whose job it is to keep abreast of the new banned substance list - somehow still had no idea Meldonium/Mildronate was illegal. Are you laughing yet? No. Well read on.
2) How no supporting information exists and/or is forthcoming from Sharaporova in relation to her "explanation/justification" that she needed to take the drug (for the 10 years that underpin her greatest successes) due to her family history of diabetes. If this is true - and it may well be - where then is the supporting information in relation to her family taking the drug and receiving benefits that would justify Maria's actions and explanations?

With all that lack of forthrightness, some may be inclined to think; ""how very PacNSACInuryLossExcuseFraud""? Conversely, they may also be inclined to think; ""wow, if Sharapova suffers from diabetes then why didn't Maria just get in contact with BV and order some of his multilevel marketed Youngevity and magical mineral products . . the ones that are "proven" to stop diabetes in its tracks (after all, surely Sharapova's team of professionals know a genuine bargain and cure when they see it).""? Not me though. Those thoughts never entered my tortured mind(s)

:)
3) Assuming diabetes is proactively prescribed (please stop laughing) beforehand with drugs such as Meldonium/Mildronate, and not by diet; how far better drugs exist to (proactively) battle diabetes.
4) The history of Meldonium/Mildronate with the Russian military and how it has been used there - but only for far shorter periods than that which "ShaftYouOver" Sharaporova appears to have been professionally been interested in them for - to offset fatigue and assist recovery and endurance related tasks.
5) The reality and/or chances that any professional and respected Doctor specializing in diabetes would ever give Melondiom to a healthy/young person, like Sharaporova, to "prevent" diabetes. Let alone for 10 years. Let alone through (any of) her main development and/or puberty years.
6) The reality that the normal treatment cycle for military and also other persons - whom require Meldonium/Mildronate for genuine medical reasons - is 4 to 6 weeks.
7) How tennis and it's governing anti-doping codes and authorities - like the respectable sport boxing that they no doubt aspire to be like in the area of PED's/PES's - actually provide for Therapuetical Use Exemptions (TUE's). At the moment (due to the fact that neither Sharaporova - nor her transparently crafted pseudo-contrite public admission (that itself had all the hallmarks of a reactive "guilty after the undeniable fact" desperate sponsorship salvation exercise) - nor even those whom actually detected Meldonium/Mildronate in her system) there appears to be no mention of a TUE from "ShaftYouOver". This is not insignificant. One would have thought that if Sharaporova's explanations for supposedly requiring Meldonium/Mildronate in her system for genuine medical reasons were even remotely acceptable . . . then there would be absolutely no reason at all why she and/or her team of trustworthy professionals would not have proactively (and by proactively I mean, just as her recent explanations appear in their publicized and media related forms) declared her multiple physiological ailments that Meldonium/Mildronate itself appears to perfectly remedy; and perhaps even then some.

Now, with all that lack of forthrightness, some may be inclined to think; wow PacLoss(NSACInuryInjection)ExcuseFraud also didn't, beforehand, advise - within a proactive TUE context - of the requirement for his PacInjection either. And that's even though his PacInjuryExcuse for it - or, so we were all told later - but only after the PacLoss and subsequent controversy actually began - was known well/truly "before" both the MayPac fight and also its associated "All Access" Showtime video promotions even began shooting film?

Not me though. And the proof of that (and how many more unanswered questions there are that were left alone) is there plain for all to see in how - amongst all the Hauser (HBO funded) oversights and propaganda, and also all the other unanswered questions that I have detailed (that were all looked over in relation to Pac's indiscretions) - back then, I didn't, in any way, touch on the very revealing considerations of how;

A) Pac himself actually had the facility to declare and avail himself of a TUE both beforehand and during contract negotiation. Had he done so, perhaps it would have better clarified and facilitated the treatment of a genuine PacLossExcuse injury and injection; both months, and also just hours, prior to the bout. B) What this all really means that - at a time when Pac states he was supporting a "secret injury" that also performs as an excuse for the biggest fight in both his career and boxing - he (like "ShaftYouOver" Sharapova) abjectly failed to declare and avail himself of a TUE "beforehand" despite still seeing fit to - via fraudulent NSAC documentation - request an injection;

[LIST]
  • Only hours prior to the MayPac fight.
  • And, just after the first time when he had been stringently pre-fight tested in manner that not only he had never been before - but also one that he had previously feared and rejected; constituting the real reason why the first possible MayPac fight (when both fighters were closer to their primes) actually fell through. [/LIST]





    This summary is that Meldonium/Mildronate was basically a legal PED taken by athletes and Sharaporova's home countries' military to increase endurance. Furthermore, on the prima facie evidence it appears Sharaporova knew that was the case but she became intoxicated with success, fame, and wealth; and (instead) let those principles - combined with how easily it had become over the last decade to fool the public about both her performance enhancing actions and the real reasons for them - guide her judgment. How ironic it is that she came unstuck in Australia; where her tests didn't quite return the negative she had enjoyed all these years. Stepping back from it all, and viewing matters objectively, it certainly appears that Sharapova’s donkey tale saga and also her personal narrative of it . . .

    . . . that labors itself - just as much as it does both plausibility and us - with cleverly designed, almost fairytale like, factoids that are themselves clearly intended to influence the public's fleeting consciousness into having butterfly-intercourse with a remarkable and incongruent theory that - when distilled into the facts - really means that it was all just simply an honest mix of innocent misdemeanors and hidden transgressions wrapped up in a need to desperately prevent the onset of diabetes . . .

    Has become more and more unbelievable each successive time you hear it. I simply love it when people try to lie, and due to how transparent their explanations actually are it gives rise to unintended humor. And as we all know that particular funny bone of mine has had a decent amount of exercise recently; so it's both in good shape and quite on its game. For me - particularly when all the above facts are considered - I am just not sure whether her above-mentioned (point 7) transparently crafted pseudo-contrite public admission that exhibits all the hallmarks of reactive "guilty after the undeniable fact" sponsorship salvation, earns her a clear presumption of innocence. So, what can you say about it all and the "ShaftYouOver" Sharapova scandal? Well . . . if I were as close to Sharaporova's underwear, BVD's, lingerie, and drawers as our good friend the Roast most likely is . . perhaps it would just be these 6 pieces of parting advice;


    1) Maria, you shoulda stayed with the watermelon seeds that make the (tennis playing and boxing) hands faster . . after all natural is always better baby . . . even if it's voodoo natural.
    2) Might be a good idea to call Golden Girl, Premier Boxing Champions, The Money Team, Top Rank, and Buboy Fernandez, for advice on how to remain undetected and/or on how they publicly handle being spread all over town for being (allegedly) dirty.
    3) Do all you can to get Hauser on your side. Get to publishing a photo-shopped and cuddly shot of you and "Wowser" on your Twitter page. Then pay him to start writing prejudicial and narrow minded articles that bring (in-credible) doubt to those that really know the truth, whilst at the same time shifting (plucked from the air) blame to others. If "Wowser" says he can't do that . . . then state aloud "PacLossExcuseAgentHBO" and then immediately show him this . . . .


    ->http://www.sbnation.com/longform/2015/9/9/9271811/can-boxing-trust-usada And all the
    StormCentre posts (and their unanswered questions) here . . .
    ->http://www.thesweetscience.com/forums/showthread.php?22532-Hauser-Fires-At-USADA-and-Floyd-USADA-Then-Floyd-Respond&highlight=hauser+fires+USADA


    4) Put on a tight LBD and pull Trump in. Forget any concerns you may have that the attempt will embarrassingly backfire on you and that he will remain faithful to his wife; the concept of an available woman that he shouldn't have is as foreign to him as Mexicans that, are not drug addicts, work hard, and underpin the economy. Then see what happens with this "genuine PED mistake" of yours, once you have a presidential voice on your side that could yell and still command attention under 3 feet of wet concrete.
    5) Maria, you shoulda stayed with the Youngevity (Wallach/Voodoo inspired) magical minerals that cure diabetes . . after all colloidal/natural is always better baby . . . even if it's black magic. Plus, remember Meldonium/Mildronate doesn't even claim to cure diabetes; yet the Youngevity (Wallach/Brother Voodoo inspired) magical minerals do !!!!
    6) Finally, forget about any "love" loss and Xmas cards from Serena Williams.

    At the end of the day I guess all we can do is hope and prey that;

    Not only, will the International Tennis Federation and the World Anti-Doping Agency act nobly and appropriately. But also, that they will follow boxing's lead on how to deal with the voodoo menace of PED's as Australia (Trump style) builds a great big wall to keep all these drug cheats out of the Australian Open.

    Oh, that and also that Sharapova will return her Australian Open prize money.
    Storm. :) :)


  • -Kid Blast :

    Darn. I was counting on getting some quality zzzzzzzzzzzzz's


    -SuperLight :

    Well, Queensberry Promotions yesterday put out a statement saying the fight is cancelled, and they don't know how or why Rigo flew back to the USA. Nice post by Storm, though I must have blinked and missed the subject change from lean Cuban to lean Russian.


    -stormcentre :

    Well, Queensberry Promotions yesterday put out a statement saying the fight is cancelled, and they don't know how or why Rigo flew back to the USA. Nice post by Storm, though I must have blinked and missed the
    *subject change from lean Cuban to lean Russian.
    Thanks for the compliment SL. *Nice little switch up there eh? Well, there is a subtle point to it all. One that I later intended to bring to everyone's attention. But not before using the old proverb "sex sells" to get attention; Sharapova. For instance, one may wish to cast their thoughts to some of the almost tireless Eastern Bloc (and other closely/regionally based) fighters boxing currently has. All Russian and Ukranian men are required to serve in the military; (I love the Germans and they can't now be held responsible for something they did decades ago, but) we can thank Hitler for that. Anyway, see (the first) point 4 of post #6 for the relevance. And remember where you heard first from. Finally, I have been enjoying some of the videos that the Mayweather YouTube channel have been posting me lately. There all on the we for free though. Jeff himself is actually quite humorous in the way he interviews and speaks, and - let's be real - you could certainly get an environment with less potential and also someone with less knowledge/experience controlling the microphone.
    Storm. :) :) :)


    -stormcentre :

    Darn. I was counting on getting some quality zzzzzzzzzzzzz's
    :)


    -SuperLight :

    Thanks for the compliment SL. *Nice little switch up there eh? Well, there is a subtle point to it all. One that I later intended to bring to everyone's attention. But not before using the old proverb "sex sells" to get attention; Sharapova. For instance, one may wish to cast their thoughts to some of the almost tireless Eastern Bloc (and other closely/regionally based) fighters boxing currently has. All Russian and Ukranian men are required to serve in the military; (I love the Germans and they can't now be held responsible for something they did decades ago, but) we can thank Hitler for that. Anyway, see (the first) point 4 of post #6 for the relevance. And remember where you heard first from. Finally, I have been enjoying some of the videos that the Mayweather YouTube channel have been posting me lately. There all on the we for free though. Jeff himself is actually quite humorous in the way he interviews and speaks, and - let's be real - you could certainly get an environment with less potential and also someone with less knowledge/experience controlling the microphone.
    Storm. :) :) :)
    I see. Never thought the subtle point would be there. Rather I thought it might be more along the lines of "powers that be" deciding who would be a contender or champ. I don't mean re: sex selling in Rigo's case, although I don't think he's especially bad-looking as others have hinted. Rather I'd put it down to style selling. Let's face it, it seems the majority of fight fans, and especially "casual" fans are not into Rigondeaux. When his former promoter came out with comments along those lines, it was rather more than a hint. On that (first) point 4 in post #6, I wasn't aware of that either. I knew the fighters and soldiers were hard and that's about it.


    -Yogo :

    So my Saturday evening entertainment takes a hit, still two nice bouts to look forward to thankfully. It's pretty obvious to me anyways there's something wrong with Rigo. Damn shame, 100% enigma. He quite simply has no interest in the game anymore.


    -Radam G :

    So my Saturday evening entertainment takes a hit, still two nice bouts to look forward to thankfully. It's pretty obvious to me anyways there's something wrong with Rigo. Damn shame, 100% enigma. He quite simply has no interest in the game anymore.
    You better believe something is wrong with him. And not what you think. He is being protected by "Roc Nation " according to the pugvine. Cuban Willie Rigo is a lover of horse meat, as most Cubans athletes are. If you Brits could have and would have waived the drug test, the imaginary passporte bulljive would not have come up. Superstar athletes and entertainers are often given no static about sliding into any country. Holla!


    -Kid Blast :

    "?Demand creates its own supply.??John Maynard Keynes, the founder of Keynesianism " "?Rigondeaux?s plight will enrage many, but it?s the reality of boxing in the 21st century.??"Kevin Iole (Yahoo Sports, July 17, 2013) Supply and demand is the most fundamental concept of economics and it is the backbone of a market economy. Demand refers to how much (quantity) of a product or service is desired by buyers. The quantity demanded is the amount of a product people are willing to buy at a certain price; the relationship between price and quantity demanded is known as the demand relationship. Rigonomics also depends on supply and demand as its backbone. Quite simply, if demand is high, prices usually will go higher. This is pretty basic stuff and a lot less difficult to understand than Economics 101. If Floyd Mayweather Jr. agreed to fight Gennady Golovkin at a catchweight (which likely won?t happen), the demand to watch such a fight would be off the charts. The price could and would be increased accordingly; PPV could probably charge something close to $ 00. And this brings us to the plight of Guillermo Rigondeaux who possesses Mayweather-like skills but woefully lacks Mayweather-like charisma and flamboyance, and above all, Mayweather?s product appeal. ""Rigondeaux is extremely talented, but his defensive style won?t make him a star. The electricity that ran through the arena for most of the night and in the first few rounds?turned stale and quiet as the fight wore on, with Rigondeaux ? a southpaw ? boxing, moving and spending long chunks of the fight going backward.??"Dan Rafael After two gold medals, a professional world title, and nearly 500 amateur and pro fights combined, Rigo is a purist?s delight, but that?s the rub. He has faced harsh, if not unfair, criticism with his own promoter stating that fans of the sweet science do not enjoy watching his style Kevin Iole puts it more bluntly??Rigondeaux, and the hardcore fans who appreciate him, are [sic] learning a very difficult reality: The percentage of those who appreciate the technical purity of Rigondeaux?s defensive game is minute.? Rigondeaux said to BoxingScene Radio, ?I don?t think I need to change anything. I am a champion. I am a champion for a reason. I am not going to change. I am just going to keep doing what I am doing and that has been working for me.? Colman Corrigan is in Rigo?s corner and asserts, ?The Cuban fighter? has been a winner?he should not jeopardize his flawless professional record to satisfy blood-thirsty viewers and commentators.? Really, though, does the opposite of boring have to be bloodthirsty? It?s also time for Rigo and his management team to get a handle on how Economics 101 works in the business of Boxing. Rigondeaux?s current style is not compelling to the majority of today?s boxing fans. Again, Iole nails it: ?If he doesn?t [change his style], he?ll spend the rest of his career in anonymity, fighting meaningless bouts off TV.?


    -stormcentre :

    Very good post KB. Rigo - since he's landed on USA soil - has gone through a massive lifestyle transition. And often that can have a long lasting and also unexpected effect on people from 3rd world or similar countries. Particularly if their above-mentioned transition involves them becoming - comparably - richer and famous - for far less effort than previously; almost as soon as they arrive. And that is definitely the case for Rigondeaux. Rigo, probably needs to be put in with someone that either;

    He genuinely feels challenges him. Or someone that will actually do that (even if Rigo doesn't think so) during the course of the fight.

    In order to bring out the fight in him in ways that others want. Someone like, say, Donaire did. Good luck to the promoters, matchmakers, and managers with the task of finding someone around Rigo's weight that meets that criteria. :) That said . . . .Rigo is really the master of his own destiny. He doesn't really need to change. He can . . ""do what he wants to do and be what he wants to be"" . . . . Just as the song goes. But, with all that, if he is to . . . . ""do what he wants to do and be what he wants to be"" . . . then . . . Within a sport that places as much - if not more - emphasis on entertainment and its association with revenue, than, say, a successful technique; there's a chance he possibly may need to also accept the consequences of those actions too. Whatever they may be. Even if they are the lack of big money fights. Which they may not "necessarily" be. Which itself is a caveat that goes a little like this . . . provided the fights Rigondeax is in are (and not necessarily him is) exciting. Like the one with Donaire. So, it seems that Rigondeax has a problem. It's not (necessarily) a bad problem to have though. As, he can hang on the fringes of mainstream speculation that his destiny as a pure boxer is undeniably set for stratospheric achievements for as long as he likes; by fighting and training as he likes. Or he can put his stylistic stubbornness (which he has every right own) aside, and instead fight with a little risk flavored fair; say, like, in a manner that involves initiating more action and taking greater chances. Just as the promotional and network powers probably want him to. My bet is that once Rigo sees the big money contract and fight offer, and with it knows that he's finally made it to the pot of gold at the end of boxings' rainbow that he feels he so rightly deserves . . . . then, only at that point will he *truly prepare and fight as others expect him to. Until dat happen . . . Rigo can (probably) sit back and sneer about how he feels and justifies that such *efforts on his behalf should really only be exerted *when and *if he is appropriately paid for it - all as he (unassisted by tier 1 promotional/network cash and interests, and therefore) slowly works his way to what he most likely considers to be the inevitable collection of each sanction's belts anyway . . . . and therefore, with it all, ultimately (forcing the promotional and network powers to make) that big money (unification or other) mega-fight and offer . . . that others appear to be denying Rigondeaux on the - questionable but not totally unacceptable - basis of simply how he chooses to be a champion and fight. Of course, those with the (promotional and network powers and) funds to bring such a contract and mage-fight into existence want - as they almost always do - to see that a guy like Rigo will do as they expect "before hand". Before they risk the investment. Top Rank is a good example of both this axiom and also the usual/expected reactions that can occur when it and/or most major promotional and network powers feel they can't get their way and/or adequately control their investment. Particularly one that knows its own worth. So, it's really a chicken and egg dilemma. And despite how we all know the egg came before the chicken . . . The fact that Rigo can sit back and ignore all the free (promotional, network, and other) advice on how he should fight and entertain, whilst still beating everyone out there that's put in front of him probably means that we may very well have a situation here - or (at most) a few years - where the tail wags the dog. Or, perhaps better put; where the promotional and network chickens precedes the egg. Rigonomics style, as KB states. Furthermore, and as an adjunct, there is good reason to believe that had PBC not shaken the whole promotional/network egg basket up so much that the dynamics of the industry are (in some places) inverted; this particular style of resolute stubbornness, elite arrogance, and rare Cuban elan, may have not necessarily inhabited Rigo's persona quite so comfortably and convincingly. And, believe it or not, those considerations actually do have something to do with the metaphorical price of eggs in (both) China (and Las Vegas). Which is why we observe the brash, brazen, and insolent phenomena of Rigondeax. He knows far lesser fighters have forged their way through the same promotional arrogance that he is said to possess, and still gone on to achieve precisely all that he is asking for, has in his sights, and deserves. So . . . in summary . . Even if Frampton and Quigg don't suspiciously preoccupy themselves with tasks that ensure their unavailability when Rigondeax comes knocking on their door; it will certainly be interesting to see how this all pans out. :) :)
    Storm.


    -Kid Blast :

    Great counter post, Storm. "Furthermore, and as an adjunct, there is good reason to believe that had PBC not shaken the whole promotional/network egg basket up so much that the dynamics of the industry are (in some places) inverted; this particular style of resolute stubbornness, elite arrogance, and rare Cuban elan, may have not necessarily inhabited Rigo's persona quite so comfortably and convincingly." Cuban elan--a nasty thing indeed. This Lizard-like creature is well on his way to becoming a footnote in boxing history unless he pulls in his ego and pulls out of his Kamikaze-like nose dive.


    -stormcentre :

    Yep, it's going to be interesting . . . . Does he tread the path B-Hop walked and do it his (and possibly the hard) way? Or does he pull his head in (from a promotional perspective) and make good on the entertainment factor? :) Moving on . . . . . I take it - time provided - as you keep the forum a afloat with your posts your usually to be caught grooving away to most of the dance tunes I post? :)