THERE is something special about Guillermo Rigondeaux, even it feels like an age since we saw him at his best.
The Cuban was a phenomenal amateur. He has twice won Olympic gold medals and subsequently raced to a world title as a professional. An unmatched counterpuncher he dismantled Nonito Donaire to unify the WBO and WBA world super-bantamweight titles. That victory though came to haunt him. Clearly one of the most difficult boxers to beat in the sport he has been forced to ply his trade in Macau and Japan, only returning to the USA last year, for his solitary contest of 2015, a drab points win over Drian Francisco in Las Vegas.
Rigondeaux has also had to endure the indignity of being stripped of his WBA title then reinstated, all without a meaningful fight.