Rigo Manager Furious At WBA
Earlier this week, the World Boxing Association went through with a decision made in November, as they stripped two-time Olympic gold medal winner Guillermo Rigondeaux of the WBA “super” title at 122-pounds.
Rigondeaux, who was facing a mandatory order to have a rematch with Moises Flores, applied for special permission to move up by two weight divisions to challenge WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko in December. That request came with a previously reported penalty that he would be stripped of his world title if he was beaten. If Rigondeaux won, then he would have five days to make a decision regarding which world title he planned to keep.
Rigondeaux would end the fight in his corner in the sixth round, citing an injury to his left hand in the corner.
When the WBA released their most recent ratings, Rigondeaux was officially removed from his world title position.
As it stands, Danny Roman – who previously held the WBA’s “regular” title at the weight – is now the organization’s full titleholder.
Rigondeaux’s manager, Alex Bornote, is furious with the decision made by the sanctioning body. He believes the sanctioning body was angered because Rigondeaux has only fought four times since 2014 – which prevents the organization from collecting sanctioning fees on a regular basis.
“I think it’s very unfair,” Bornote told ESPN. “We fought at 130 pounds. What does that have to do with anything at 122 pounds, where Rigo was champion? They just had it in for us. His inactivity has totally screwed him. Rigo has been inactive and when you’re inactive the WBA is not getting any sanctioning fees, so they’ve had it in for us.
“They put us in a bad position before the fight by giving us that kind of choice. We had to pay the WBA a [$15,000] fee to get a special permit to fight Lomachenko for his WBO title, and the WBA said we’d lose the [junior featherweight] belt if we lost he fight. So, in essence, we were fighting for both belts that night. But at that point we had already signed for the fight, so what are we gonna do? Was he not going to fight?”