Two-time Olympic gold medal winner Guillermo Rigondeaux fought only one time in 2020, but he is closing patient and looking out ahead to greater issues in 2021.
One talents clash is a showdown with WBO bantamweight champion Johnriel Casimero, on a possible date between March and April.
If finalized, it might be probably the most crucial combat for Rigondeaux considering his December 2017 come across against Vasyl Lomachenko – and the outcomes may outline his future in boxing, now that he is in the final chapters of his pro career.
Rigondeaux gained a vacant title from the area Boxing affiliation in February, when he beat Venezuelan Liborio Solís by unanimous determination at 118 kilos. He picked up the belt after a long reign within the super bantamweight division, the place he gained two belts.
After the failure in opposition t Lomachenko, the 40-yr-old veteran defeated Giovanni Delgado and Julio Cejas, however neither of these opponents compare to Casimero, who has been champion in three divisions.
For now, Rigondeaux is holding his body fit via training on a daily basis.
“I all the time keep working towards. You understand very neatly that the health club is my 2d home and that i’m at all times doing whatever thing. I cannot aid it, practicing is just like the air I breathe. My physique asks me for endeavor. I barely take a couple of days off within the year,” Rigondeaux told George Ebro.
“[Casimero is] the one I desire. it’s the best one for my want to unify titles. I even have the realm Boxing association and he owns the area Boxing corporation. So I have to go over him to take his title and keep adding wins over champions.
“he is a veteran and i respect him as a champion, but I even have [respect] for every person and i know the way to adapt to the opponent, whoever it is, when the bell rings. I’ve fought in a couple of divisions and i’ve been in this recreation for a long time.”
“[Being away from the ring] …no longer handiest has it been elaborate for me, however for all of the athletes, since the pandemic has stopped every thing and issues received complicated. Some have fought once, others have not been in a position to fight in any respect. but the critical aspect is not to cease and hold searching forward and reside within the health club. i am certain more advantageous issues are coming.”