RIGONDEAUX FIGHT LANDS ON SOLO BOXEO
Press Release: World junior featherweight champion Guilermo Rigondeaux willl defend his titles against Thai tongue-twister Sod Looknongyangtoy (a.k.a. Sod Kokietgym) on July 19th at The Venetian Macao in China. The bout will be televised via same-day delay as the main event of the Solo Boxeo series on UniMás, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs), of Miami, Florida, one of boxing's top pound for pound fighters, returns to the ring making his 2014 debut. Last year he unified the WBA and WBO 122-pound titles by defeating Nonito Donaire on April 13, 2013, at a sold-out Radio City Music Hall in New York. Rigondeaux thoroughly dominated Donaire via a unanimous decision victory, ending the Filipino Flash's 12-year, 30-bout winning streak, as well as claiming his WBO title to go along with the WBA version Rigondeaux previously owned.
Rigondeaux had a stellar amateur career, winning Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2000, World Amateur Championship titles in 2005 and 2001, and Pan American Games gold medals in 2005 and 2003, all at 119 pounds, before leaving Cuba to embark on a professional career which began in Miami in 2009.
In only his seventh professional fight where both fighters scored knockdowns, Rigondeaux captured the WBA interim super bantamweight title, winning a tough split decision over the vastly more experienced former world champion Ricardo Cordoba in 2010. After successfully defending the interim title in 2011 with a first-round knockout of previously undefeated former European super bantamweight champion Willie Casey, Rigondeaux won the WBA world super bantamweight title with a sixth-round knockout of previously undefeated defending champion Rico Ramos on January 20, 2012. Rigondeaux has successfully defended that title four times since then, blasting out once-beaten Teon Kennedy in the fifth round, which included Kennedy suffering five knockdowns en route to the loss, and winning a dominant unanimous decision over once-beaten contender Roberto Marroquin, both in 2012, besting Donaire in their April 2013 title unification fight and most recently, defeating former two-time world champion Joseph Agbeko, December 7th, via unanimous decision. [Rigondeaux is recognized by the WBA as a supe rchampion, with Scott Quigg holding the WBA's meaningless regular title].
Looknongyangtoy (63-2-1, 27 KOs), of Srithep, Thailand, has twice challenged for the WBO junior featherweight title, losing to Daniel DeLeon both times, in 2005 and 2006. Since then, he has Ponce fashioned a nine-year, 37-bout unbeaten streak.