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RIGONDEAUX vs. LOOKNONGYANGTOY To Air On Unimas

BY The Sweet Science ON July 09, 2014
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RIGONDEAUX vs. LOOKNONGYANGTOY

WBA/WBO JR. FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP HEADLINES SOLO BOXEO TECATE

Saturday, July 19 on UniMás at 11 P.M. ET/PT

Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao

MACAO, CHINA (July 9, 2014) – Undefeated unified junior featherweight world champion and Cuban sensation GUILLERMO “El Chacal” RIGONDEAUX will defend his titles against Top-Five contender and two-time world title challenger SOD LOOKNONGYANTOY, Saturday, July 19, at The Venetian® Macao's Cotai Arena. Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, All Star Boxing, Caribe Promotions and Foreman Boys Promotions, the Rigondeaux vs. Looknongyangtov world junior featherweight championship fight will be televised via same-day delay as the main event of Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMás, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Remaining tickets for the Rigondeaux vs. Looknongyangtov world junior featherweight championship event can be purchased via Cotai Ticketing™. Prices start at HKD/MOP 80, with ferry and hotel packages also available.

Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs), of Miami, Florida, one of boxing's top pound for pound fighters, returns to the ring making his 2014 debut. Last year he unified the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) 122-pound titles by defeating 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaireon April 13, 2013, at a sold-out Radio City Music Hall in New York. Rigondeaux thoroughly dominated Donaire via a unanimous decision victory, ending the Filipino Flash's 12-year, 30-bout winning streak, as well as claiming his WBO junior featherweight title. Rigondeaux had a stellar amateur career, winning Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2000, World Amateur Championship titles in 2005 and 2001, and Pan American Games gold medals in 2005 and 2003, all at 119 pounds, before leaving Cuba to embark on a professional career which began in Miami in 2009. In only his seventh professional fight where both fighters scored knockdowns, Rigondeaux captured the WBA interim super bantamweight title, winning a tough split decision over the vastly more experienced former world champion Ricardo Cordoba in 2010. After successfully defending the interim title in 2011 with a first-round knockout of previously undefeated former European super bantamweight champion Willie Casey, Rigondeaux won the WBA world super bantamweight championship with a sixth-round knockout of previously undefeated defending champion Rico Ramos on January 20, 2012. Rigondeaux has successfully defended that title four times since then, blasting out once-beaten Teon Kennedy in the fifth round, which included Kennedy suffering five knockdowns en route to the loss, and winning a dominant unanimous decision over once-beaten contender Roberto Marroquin, both in 2012, besting Donaire in their April 2013 title unification fight and most recently, defeating former two-time world champion Joseph Agbeko, December 7, via a dominant unanimous decision.

Looknongyantoy (63-2-1, 27 KOs), of Srithep, Thailand, has twice challenged for the WBO junior featherweight title, losing to Daniel De Leon both times, in 2005 and 2006. Since then, he has fashioned a nine -year, 37-bout unbeaten streak, which has included Asian, WBO Asia-Pacific and WBA Pan Asian 122-pound title victories. Possessing a style that features good skills and movement, he is currently world-rated No. 5 by the WBO and No. 10 by the WBA.

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Comment on this article

Radam G says:

Cuban Willie Rigo is going to LOOK to beat the TOY off Looknongyantoy.Looknongyantoy will be known as Nongyan after the bout. Hehehe! Holla!

oubobcat says:

Well its obvious HBO has zero interest in televising Rigo and with his contract with Top Rank expiring after this fight it would not be surprising to see Rigo move to Showtime.. Talent wise, he is amongst the best in the sport and hardcore fans (like myself) do want to watch him perform.

I'd love to see Rigo matched with Mares. That is of course assuming Mares has not lost something following his brutal schedule and brutal KO loss to Jhonny Gonzalez. We should know more about Mares following his performance Saturday.

The reason I'd love to see Rigo matched with Mares is that Mares' style would force Rigo to fight. Mares is very skilled and has already beaten one skilled slick opponent in Anselmo Moreno. He could push Rigo and make Rigo fight. It could either be a detriment to Rigo or bring out the best in him. Either way, I'd love to see it.

The Commish says:

Good one, Radam. I'm gonna' steal that and use it on my show. I'll make sure you get credit for that!

-Randy G.

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