Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz (born
September 30, 1980) is a Cuban professional boxer. He is the current
lineal super bantamweight champion, having previously held the unified
WBA (Super), WBO, and The Ring magazine titles. The TBRB currently
recognizes him as the world's number one super bantamwight.
an amateur, Rigondeaux won consecutive gold medals in the bantamweight
division at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics. He is a seven time
Cuban national champion at bantamweight (2000-06) and finished his
amateur career with a record of nearly 475 fights with 12 losses;
the last of these losses being to Rencise Perez and Bekzat Sattarkhanov
in 1998, Waldemar Font in 1999, and Aghasi Mammadov in 2003. After
Rigondeaux's defection in 2009, he turned professional and remains
Widely considered to be one of the greatest amateur
boxers of all time, Rigondeaux has been lauded by boxing trainer Freddie
Roach as being: "Probably the greatest talent I've ever seen." A documentary
on Rigondeaux is in the works by filmmaker Brin-Jonathan Butler. Butler
also published a biography of Rigondeaux entitled A Cuban Boxer's
Journey: From Castro's Traitor to American Champion, published by
On July 22, 2007, Rigondeaux and teammate
Erislandy Lara failed to appear for their scheduled bouts at the Pan
American Games in Brazil. It was initially announced that Rigondeaux
was to turn professional, joining fellow 2004 Cuban Olympians Odlanier
Solis, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Yan Barthelemy, who defected earlier in
2007. As with the other Cuban defectors, Rigondeaux signed a promotional
deal with Ahmet Oener and ARENA Box-Promotion. However, on August
2, Rigondeaux and Lara were taken into police custody in Brazil, stating
that they wanted to return home to Cuba. However, Cuban leader Fidel
Castro then stated that Rigondeaux and Lara could not box again for
the Cuban team. In February 2009, Rigondeaux defected again via Mexico
City to Miami, and signed with Arena Box-Promotion.
On February 23, 2009, Rogondeaux was announced
to have defected along with 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Yudel Johnson,
Yordanis Despaigne and Yuniel Doricos and is now in Miami and is managed
by Irishman Gary Hyde. He will be training in the same gym as Yuriokis
Gamboa, Erislandi Lara and Odlanier Solis and will continue his career
as a professional once he completes all the residency requirements.
He left behind his wife Farah Colina, a 7 year old son and a 17 year
old stepson in Cuba. He is also reportedly staying in the home of
countryman and featherweight contender Yuriorkis Gamboa.
won his professional debut on May 22 with a third round TKO over Juan
Noriega in Miami. although he did not maintain a busy punch volume,
Rigondaux still landed hard shots. Noriega barely countered Rigodeaux's
punches and the referee found the opportunity to stop the fight after
Rigoneaux connected with a solid right to the head. On July 17 he
won his second pro fight against Robert Guillen by first round knock
out. Rigondeux wasn't active but he hit Guillen with a great hard
counter punch to the body which left him rolling on the canvas in
On September 18, Rigondeaux beat Giovanni Andrade by 3rd
round TKO to win the NABA Super Gantamweight title, dropping Andrade
once in each of rounds two and three.
On December 16, 2009 Rigondeaux
won a Unanimous Decision over Lante Addy in 8 rounds, dropping Addy
once in round one.
On February 5, 2010, Rigondeaux scored a
1st round Knockout against Adolfo Landeros, dropping Landeros with
a hard left uppercut to the body.
Rigondeaux then signed a three
year contract with Bob Arum's Top Rank in July 2010. He is also co-promoted
by Boris Arencibia's Caribe Promotions.