Cuban southpaw Guillermo Rigondeaux took the starch out Thailand’s veteran Sod Kokietgym and taught him a valuable lesson in defending himself at all times.
Kokietgym must have blinked because a half second after attempting to touch gloves with Rigondeaux he was met with a crisp right and left that floored him for the count on Saturday at Macau, China.
Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 Kos) retains the WBO and WBA junior featherweight world titles and proved to his Cuban brethren, fans and others that you don’t need to run around to be exciting. Timing, defense and rattlesnake quickness can serve just as well.
One boxing expert likens Rigondeaux to Mexico’s great Ricardo “Finito” Lopez. That’s a great comparison. Lopez was a flyweight who was conservative with his punches but seldom if ever ran away. One of his greatest wins came against another prizefighter from Thailand, Ratanapol Sor Vorapin, who he met in Las Vegas in 2000. Things were going smoothly for the Thai fighter when suddenly Lopez struck and Vorapin was counted out.
Later that week, I met with Sugar Shane Mosley, who was at the height of his power after defeating Oscar De La Hoya in a battle of Los Angeles-based welterweights a few months earlier. When we analyzed Lopez’s knockout the Pomona speedster said his assumption after watching it over and over was that Vorapin blinked and Lopez fired an uppercut in that instant.
It was amazing stuff.
Rigondeaux does have that kind of quickness and astuteness.
When Rigondeaux met Rico Ramos for his WBO world title at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas in January 2012, many expected a chess match filled with moves and counter moves. Rigondeaux sliced through any apprehensions with the precision of a neurosurgeon. After six rounds the fight was over.
Too bad Rigondeaux is already 33 years old. But what a fighter. I’m sold on Rigondeaux. Middleweight stew
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