GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX has now pulled out of his fight against Jazza Dickens. But Jazza was taking it even though he would have been a big underdog. In the amateurs you never get the benefit of being able to avoid people. You either fight them or pull out. That’s the only option you’ve got as an amateur. I can’t deal with people who ‘backdoor’ their way to the top and get themselves some version of some title and say, ‘I’m a world champion’ and are happy with that. Because if you want to be the best then you’ve got to fight the best.
Would he have been out of his depth? If I’m honest, maybe a little bit, but hats off to him for putting himself there. I take my hat off to Paul Smith for fighting who he has, and Ricky Hatton for fighting Floyd Mayweather and Kostya Tszyu, no one thought he’d win that. Martin Murray he’s another one. He’s not caring who he fights, he’ll fight anyone and I think that’s how it should be. You shouldn’t backdoor your way to some world title. If you want to be a world champion, go for a proper recognised one.
I’ve been watching my old team-mates’ pro careers. I think amateur boxing now is becoming very similar to the pros. Before it was all about points and not being hit. Now as a pro that style doesn’t work. You’ve got to stop people in their tracks. You need to be able to stand your ground and punch them off.