Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KO’s) made headlines recently with the WBO stripping him of his super bantamweight title. The organization cited inactivity and Rigondeaux not making a mandatory defense in a span of 30 months and stated that all of the defenses he had were voluntary. Despite losing the WBO belt, Rigondeaux still has one a belt, and he will be defending the belt in the upcoming months.
On Friday BoxRec.com made the announcement that Rigondeaux was returning after almost a year out of the ring and will be fighting and defending his WBA super bantamweight in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada against Cesar Seda (26-3, 17 KO’s) of Puerto Rico as the main event. Shortly after it was announced that the WBA had rejected Seda as Rigondeaux’s opponent leaving a shot of a lifetime available for anyone willing to step up.
The last time Rigondeaux stepped foot in a ring on December 31st, 2014 when he traveled to Japan to take on Hisashi Amagasa. Rigondeaux went down in the seventh round, and Amagasa went down in the ninth. Rigondeaux would go on and stop Amagasa before the twelfth round began. Prior to the Amagasa fight, Rigondeaux fought and beat some of the best and biggest names at super bantamweights such as Joseph Agbeko and Nonito Donaire, who was at the time was seemingly invincible and sat atop of the division.
A victory for Rigondeaux in his next bout would serve him well. He has been inactive and since his fight with Donaire it has been hard to get fighters to face him. What makes it even worse is that he no longer has a major promoter backing him. A win would be good be an impressive win would be the best step in the right direction and possible fights with Scott Quigg, Carl Frampton, and Leo Santa Cruz are all possible to further stamp Rigondeaux’s status as one of the elite fighters as long as politics doesn’t get in the way.