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Rigondeaux Says He Wants Lomachenko, Or Frampton

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Rigondeaux Says He Wants Lomachenko, Or Frampton

Rigondeaux's talent is undeniable, even if the manner he chooses to use it fuels debate.

Some deride 17-0 Guillermo Rigondeaux as a boring fighter, joke that he is a more effective room clearer than tear gas.

Indeed, ESPN's boxing guru, Dan Rafael, regularly shares his opinion in stories of how Rigo is a sleep inducing pugilist who is forced to fight overseas because the TV platforms here have no regard for his fighting style. This, despite the fact that similarly skilled Floyd Mayweather employs a similar way of combating foes. (But, of course, he draws interest to his career with his smack talking and shit stirring and bragging and bashing of potential foes.)

Some even theorize that the oversized influence of Rafael has helped make the Cuban defector persona non pugilistica here and severely hurt his chances at scoring high profile fights and paydays.

But the Cuban cutie keeps on trying. He posted this Tweet on Thursday, making clear an intention to hop up in weight if that's what it'll take to lure someone into a money fight.

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So, who does the pound for pound ace want to tango with? “I fight anyone, champ,” he told me. “But I would love to fight Vasyl Lomachenko because I know he is great warrior and would demand the best of me.”

So, the 122 champ would do 130 pounds? 126 too? Is Irish star Carl Frampton in his sites? “To be honest I am ready to fight either one,” Rigo said. “I respect both.”

Rigo seems in a political position to make those fights, being with Roc Nation. But is he now seen as too boring, making it hard for him to score the sort of payday he might think he deserves? Talk to me, fight fans…

Editor/publisher Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the thought to be impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live since 2017. He now does work for PROBOX TV, the first truly global boxing network.