Ex – “pound” Cuban veteran Guillermo Rigondeaux (20-1, 13 KO) made his debut in the lightweight category (up to 53.5 kg) immediately after the title fight — took possession of the “normal” WBA belt in a confrontation with the Venezuelan Liborio Solis (30-6-1, 14 KO).
The 39-year-old Rigondeaux is not going to stop, craves worthwhile opponents, and is targeting division leaders and world Boxing super series (WBSS) finalists Japanese Naoya Inoue and Filipino Nonito Donaire. The fighter claims that even the coronavirus pandemic can’t stop him: “I’m always ready. Always in shape. Moreover, Boxing is gradually returning to its usual rhythm. I motivate young people with my example. If I’m not in the audience, they really need something. We just have a very hard sport. And for this reason, I always plow to the limit of my ability.”
“There were conversations about what I will be able to return to the ring in August, according to the veteran. – Preliminary dates-August 8 or 21. That’s what the Manager told me. He asked me if I had time to prepare. And I said that I missed the ring so much that I was ready to fight even in my own backyard. He’ll just tell me who, when, and where. That’s all. Don’t forget that I’m a world champion. If someone is willing to challenge my title, you know how to find me. I always have. And nothing has changed.”
Rigondeaux isn’t sure if Donaire or Inoue are interested in confronting him: “I’m ready. But the question is whether they are ready. It won’t rust after me. I do not understand why it is so difficult to make fights that all Boxing fans dream of…».
For now, Inoue and Donaire are busy. The unified champion from Japan is preparing to conquer another title — to fight with the WBO belt holder, Filipino John Riel Casimero. The veteran Donaire has his own plans-soon he will challenge the WBC title in a duel with the champion from France Nordin Ubaali.