Rigo Stops Dickens, Flanagan Outboxes Fana in Cardiff

Rigo Stops Dickens – The Ice Arena in Cardiff, Wales hosted a huge night of boxing on Saturday, July 16th. The card was especially noteworthy because of the presence of WBA “Super World” super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (16-0) of Cuba who defended his title against James Dickens (22-1).

Both men started the fight with a methodical approach as Rigondeaux appeared to want Dickens to show him something, and Dickens seemed to be employing the same strategy. Even with limited activity, Rigondeaux was clearly the more precise puncher. Round two saw Rigondeaux land a big left hand that cracked Dickens jaw for the only really solid punch of the round.  Unfortunately, Dickens did not come out for round three when his corner determined that the punch had broken his jaw. Afterwards promoter Frank Warren announced that Rigondeaux will be asked back to fight on September 17th.

In the co-feature, Terry Flanagan won a wide twelve round decision over Mzonke Fana. Fana, 42 years old, came to fight and his unorthodox style seemed to frustrate Flanagan, but the British fighter scored two knockdowns on his way to a wide victory. The match was Flanagan’s third successful defense of his WBO lightweight belt and would seem to set up an all-British showdown with Manchester rival Anthony Crolla, who owns the WBA world title at lightweight.

In the final bout of the evening, Liam Williams (14-0-1) defended his Commonwealth and British 154-pound titles against Gary Corcoran (15-0). As the two men entered the ring, you could feel the energy level start to rise up from the nadir of the Rigo-Jazza letdown. Late in round one, Williams uncorked a huge punch that sent Corcoran back into the ropes. If the ropes had not been there to save Corcoran, it would have been scored a knockdown.

Round two saw the fight get sloppy as both men still appeared tense. In round three, a clash of heads caused a huge cut above Corcoran’s eye. The referee called for a doctor’s check, but the fight continued and Corcoran made it to the end of the round. The fight settled in after that, with Corcoran overcoming the cut to keep fighting. In round eight, where both men threw caution to the wind at times, the referee took a point from Corcoran for holding.

In the eleventh round, Williams broke through and shook up Corcoran, whose corner was telling him he was behind on the cards. A knockdown followed and although Corcoran got up, he wasn’t the same. After falling forward and hitting the canvas again, Corcoran got up for the last time but the referee stopped it with Williams peppering Corcoran with shots along the ropes.

In regional title action, WBO European welterweight champion Bradley Skeete stopped Alexandre Lepelley in the seventh round of their one sided contest and WBO Inter-Continental middleweight champion Tommy Langford earned a seventh round stoppage over Timo Laine in a match that saw Laine mount practically no offense. Throughout the card, the British fighters faced men of smaller stature or men a dozen years older in what was truly maudlin matchmaking across the board.

COMMENTS

-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Rigo is the new Charley Burley. Nobody wants to tango with him and the premium cable networks have black balled him. If you are a boxing purist, Rigo has to be in your top 5 pound for pound ratings. His skill level is off the charts. Santa Cruz and Frampton flat out ran from him and Donaire doesn't show any signs of wanting a rematch. I would argue that he is more avoided than GGG.


-Skibbz :

it's scary how accurate his punches are. They impact at the point that breaks your bones - shatters your bones*. agreed with SRD he is more avoided than GGG and will remain so. Quality to watch him everytime he boxes.


-miguel1 :

I hope the September fight comes thru,. He is with Frank Warren promoter, who I think also own Scott Quigg. He should just do that is Spetember and then see if he gets a New Years Eve offer from Tokyo. 2 more fights is year Rigo....


-Radam G :

Rigo is the new Charley Burley. Nobody wants to tango with him and the premium cable networks have black balled him. If you are a boxing purist, Rigo has to be in your top 5 pound for pound ratings. His skill level is off the charts. Santa Cruz and Frampton flat out ran from him and Donaire doesn't show any signs of wanting a rematch. I would argue that he is more avoided than GGG.
Burley was action smooth. Cuban Willie Rigo is annoying smooth. And that is where the difference lies. Burley was a fan-friendly pugilistic entertainer. Cuban Willie Rigo is a f**-the-fans pugilistic purist. Burley is turning over in his grave for you to put Cuban Willie Rigo in the same sentence with him. Holla!


-oubobcat :

I hope the September fight comes thru,. He is with Frank Warren promoter, who I think also own Scott Quigg. He should just do that is Spetember and then see if he gets a New Years Eve offer from Tokyo. 2 more fights is year Rigo....
Rigo-Quigg would be a very interesting fight. I don't see Quigg or his team wanting anything to do with Rigo though at the moment coming off the loss to Frampton. Quigg is looking to rebuild his career and probably aims for a Frampton rematch (regardless of whether or not Frampton wins against Santa Cruz) before entertaining any thoughts of fighting Rigo. One of the words on Rigo is that he often prices himself out of top fights. The Donaire fight almost fell apart a few years ago and since there have been reports Rigo being offered better names but he just wanted way more than was realistic. So we get these type of fights for Rigo. I personally would love to see Rigo fight Lomachenko. That is a hard core boxing fans fight. That is probably not likely though (and reports that when discussed awhile ago Rigo once again priced himself out). I am guessing September in the UK for Rigo against another overmatched opponent...maybe Paul Butler.


-Yogo :

Quigg's on Hearns roster so that one seems unlikely. What is more likely is Tete who's building a nice name for himself in his adopted Liverpool. He looks ridiculously huge at superfly and can box/punch Beautifully. He's the business, I'm sure Skibbz would approve.


-SuperLight :

It seems Rigondeaux can do no right. He breaks the guy's jaw for a stoppage, and the bout is called a disappointment. I'm a big fan, and I'm not at all surprised. Rigo does a lot of in-out footwork, pecking away with carefully chosen shots. Compare and contrast with Lomachenko, for example, who is defensively and reflexively just as deft, but who gives the impression of being on the attack far more often. I'm a frustrated purist, because Rigo has speed, agility and KO power, into his 30s, when he could or should be a superstar as one of the world's best boxers. Language, looks, promotion and management might all play a part in this, but I think it comes down to style and I think it's sad. One could argue he was a slow starter against Dickens, although he unleashed pretty effectively with the shots he chose. I wonder whether he'd be viewed differently if he came out blazing like Tyson right from the bell. I always remember Kostya Tszyu had the opposite problem, i.e. many people thought him "only" a KO machine. Then he drew out his "schooling" of Ben Tackie, I believe it was, to prove the point. The other criticism I see is Rigondeaux hasn't fought anyone worthy (since Donaire?). I personally get the impression he's frequently avoided, and wouldn't be surprised if his pride gets in the way of better fights. Again I believe the biggie would be Rigo vs. Loma, in Lomachenko's weight class and for his belt. Any other condition and it's almost meaningless. There's no shame for the loser of that one, in my opinion. When I think of the match-up, I can't help recalling Leonard and Duran in the 1980s. Each had cemented a legacy in lighter divisions, and each went on to face the best a couple of weight classes up (or more). I don't advocate moving up just for the hell of it, but the alternative for Guillermo is languishing and facing more Jazzas of the world. All due respect to anyone with the balls to face him, but the man needs stiffer competition, and there's one no-brainer out there.


-brownsugar :

Two broken jaws and one damaged orbital bone... the Jackal should name himself : The Bone Collector. Rigo is still a natural bantam who fights at122. Lomanchencko would not meet the 124 catchweigh and justifiably so. He could be a junior welter in less than a year. Bring on Santa Cruz who I'm sure will upset Framton in the near future. Agreed Superlyte


-amayseng :

Rigo is the new Charley Burley. Nobody wants to tango with him and the premium cable networks have black balled him. If you are a boxing purist, Rigo has to be in your top 5 pound for pound ratings. His skill level is off the charts. Santa Cruz and Frampton flat out ran from him and Donaire doesn't show any signs of wanting a rematch. I would argue that he is more avoided than GGG.
Rigo is top 5 lb4lb skill wise but not resume wise and not at all because he has hit the canvas so many times by weaker opposition. He is black balled because he is a bore, I enjoy his craft to the fullest and he is a phenom, but money talks in the pros and he brings none. He refuses to change, it is his own fault. Floyd found a way to entertain and be intriguing without slugging it out or going for knockouts at WW, Rigo refuses, it is his own fault.