Rigondeaux Ready To Make History Against Solis
At 39, Guillermo Rigondeaux continues to find ways to become a true force in the boxing world. The former WBA, WBO, The Ring, and lineal Super Bantamweight Champion has been fighting since 2009 and has remained consistent. Now, he will look to start a new chapter in his career as he is set to face Liborio Solis for the Vacant WBA Bantamweight Title.
Rigondeaux (19-1, 1NC) will be involved in the co-main event of the Showtime-produced card featuring Gary Russell Jr. v. Tugstsogt Nyambayar inside the PPL Center in Allentown, PA. This will be his attempt to become a three-time two-division champion. Starting at super bantamweight, Rigondeaux is ready to leave his mark in the ring yet again.
“I’m trying to make history by winning a third world title in a second weight class, while also matching my two [Olympic] Gold Medals,” said Rigondeaux during camp. “I want to make a statement and solidify my legacy as one of the best Cuban fighters ever. I want the boxing world to be talking about me, as I seek to become a world champion once again. February 8 will be a special day for me and my family.
“I know at super bantamweight I am a force to be reckoned with. Now that I’m moving down to bantamweight, I feel stronger and I’m getting the most out of my skills. The bantamweight and super bantamweight divisions are filled with great fighters to test myself against. It’s a very exciting time and I am training very hard for each opportunity that is granted to me.”
Rigondeaux was on a 17-fight win streak before an incorrect call by a referee reversed a KO-win against Moises Flores in 2017. He lost his only fight the next one after, stopping the bout against Vasyl Lomachenko due to a bruised (broken it was thought at the time) hand. He then rebounded, beating Giovanni Delgado via KO more than a year later before beating Julio Ceja via TKO in June.
Part of the reason for his successful return might be due to his partnership with trainer Ronnie Shields. The two have a no-nonsense training camp in Houston at Shields’ gym.
“Ronnie and I are working very hard and smart,” said Rigondeaux. “We have put together a great game plan that we are going to execute on fight night. All of my tools are getting sharpened up and everyone will see that the hard work we’ve put in will pay off. Ronnie is a great coach and I’ll be fighting with something to prove on fight night.”
Rigondeaux faces an opponent in Solis (30-5-1, 1NC) who is on a five-fight wins streak. His last bout was a KO-win over Karluis Diaz back in July. At 37, Solis is looking to be a real test for the elder Rigondeaux. The Cuban fighter isn’t dismissing his opponent in any way, but knows that getting past him can result in endless possibilities.
“Solis is a good opponent and a worthy challenger, but I am ready to reclaim my status as a world champion,” said Rigondeaux. “I’m going to show people why I am one of the best boxers of my generation. This is a very big deal for me. For years I was one of the best fighters in the world, if not, the best fighter in the world. When you’re a champion, you only fight the top opponents and those are the type of fights I want. I’m going to start another long reign as champion beginning February 8.”