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NickBarker
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I've been hearing about this guy for a few years as perhaps the best amateur boxer in the world. He won the gold medal at the 2004 games in the bantamweight division. Several months ago, a story broke about three Cuban boxers defecting to Germany under similar circumstances and I was somewhat disappointed to learn that Rigondeaux was not one of them. Of course, that previous three has given us an interesting heavyweight prospect in Odlanier Solis, but Rigondeaux has the potential to be a P4P fighter from what I've heard. He's 26 years old and is an old hand in the amateurs so durability issues might be a question. I'll be interested to hear how he does once he gets through with some of the soft touches that they'll probably throw at him during his first few professional fights.
Maxy
I'm also interested to see how Rigondeaux fares in the pro ranks simply because of his outstanding reputation in the unpaid game. At 26 it could be argued that his best years will be behind him by the time he reaches world title level because the smaller fighters tend to peak at younger ages...not always of course, but as a rule that seems to be the way things are.

I suppose I've had a fascination with Cuban boxers and how well they would do as professionals ever since reading stories about the great Teofilo Stevenson. They are, without doubt, the best amateurs in the game but that could well be to do with the lifestyle they lead over there. They don't have the distractions like American fighters have and therefore it remains to be seen how successful they would be should all Cubans be allowed to turn pro.
NickBarker
That's a great point, Maxy. For example, take Solis, he's blimped up since he's turned professional and has been living in Germany with presumably much greater personal freedom than what he possessed in Cuba. Obviously, it's easier to do that and be successful at heavyweight than bantamweight, but we may see something similar to it from Rigondeaux.
Tha Docta
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That's a great point, Maxy. For example, take Solis, he's blimped up since he's turned professional and has been living in Germany with presumably much greater personal freedom than what he possessed in Cuba. Obviously, it's easier to do that and be successful at heavyweight than bantamweight, but we may see something similar to it from Rigondeaux.



i believe ive also seen ramon garbei do the same thing. started off at lightheavy and just ate his way to heavyweight after defecting from cuba. ive read that casamayor said felix savon was a good amateur fighter but thats only because the headgear protected him from getting KO'd. he said he had doubts about whether he would be a good pro since most of his amateur losses were by KO.
NickBarker
Here is the link announcing that the same promotional firm in Germany which signed Solis, et al will be taking these two:

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Maxy
Yuriorkis Gamboa looks a bloody good prospect from what I have seen. Hopefully all these fighters will fulfill their potential.
NickBarker
I really hope they'll move Rigondeaux along fairly quickly. If he shows he can handle it, get him in the ring with the best around 118-126. I know I'm getting ahead of myself, but I'd love to see him against the likes of Marquez, Vazquez, or even younger guys like Mares and Juanma Lopez.
Maxy
Rigondeaux and Lara have been sent back to Cuba. Big shame there.
NickBarker
Yeah, I saw that. This sucks, I really wanted to see how Rigondeaux would do in the professional ranks. I'll be curious if they're ever heard of again.
Tha Docta
wasnt castro messing with their families in an attempt to get these guys back??
Hodge
^^^ I think that was the case. I think they were being stupid that hotel room in Brazil, but I guess they trying to live it up while away from the socialism.
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