GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX, dressed in spangly golden trainers and matching t-shirt, is preparing to dazzle the boxing world on Saturday night when he takes on Drian Francisco in Las Vegas. The immensely talented Cuban has endured 11 months to forget, as television networks rejected him, opponents refused to challenge him and ultimately, the WBA and WBO stripped him of their super-bantamweight titles for inactivity.
“To the rest of the super-bantamweights out there with belts, beware because I am coming for them,” said Rigondeaux. “I’m coming for all the belts and I am going to destroy them all. I am the real champion. And everyone knows it. If you want to step in the ring with me, to prove it, let’s do it. It’s up to the fans to demand it from their champion to step up and get in the ring with me. They can run, but they can’t hide.”
Francisco admits he’s the underdog but his plans to derail Rigondeaux’s comeback convinced no one that an upset was nigh.