Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz
Name: Guillermo Rigondeaux
Alias: El Chacal / The Jackal
Born: 1980-09-30 (Age:33)
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Hometown: Miami, Florida, USA
Height: 5′ 4½″ / 164cm
Reach: 66″ / 168cm
Boxing Record: click
Trainers: Freddie Roach, Ronnie Shields, Ismael Salas, Jorge Rubio, Pedro Luis Diaz
Guillermo Rigondeaux is a former Cuban amateur boxer who captured the Olympic Gold Medal at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games in the Bantamweight (54 kg) class. Rigondeaux is a seven-time (2000-06) Cuban national champion at bantamweight and a two-time amateur world champion. He claims an amateur record of nearly 400 fights with twelve losses -- with his last losses coming to Rencise Perez and Bekzat Sattarkhanov in 1998, Waldemar Font in 1999, and his most recent loss against Agasi Mamedov in 2003.
On July 22, 2007, Rigondeaux and teammate Erislandy Lara failed to appear for their scheduled bouts at the Pan American Games in Brazil. It was initially announced that Rigondeaux was to turn professional, joining fellow 2004 Cuban Olympians Odlanier Solis, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Yan Barthelemy, who defected earlier in 2007. As with the other Cuban defectors, Rigondeaux signed a promotional deal with Ahmet Oener and ARENA Box-Promotion. However on August 2nd, Rigondeaux and Lara were taken into police custody in Brazil, stating that they wanted to return home to Cuba. Then Cuban leader Fidel Castro stated that Rigondeaux and Lara will not box again for the Cuban team. In February 2009, Rigondeaux defected again via Mexico City to Miami, and signed with ARENA Box.
Trainer Freddie Roach said of Rigondeaux 'He's probably the greatest talent I've ever seen'.
In only his seventh professional bout, Rigondeaux won the WBA Interim World Super Bantamweight title defeating Ricardo Cordoba by split decision. In his ninth bout Rigondeaux captured the full WBA World title by knocking out Rico Ramos with a body shot in round six.
- Defeated Moez Zemzemi (Tunisia) KO 1
- Defeated Kazumasa Tsujimoto (Japan) RSC 3
- Defeated Agasi Agaguloglu (Turkey) 14-5
- Defeated Clarence Vinson (United States) 18-6
- Defeated Raimkul Malakhbekov (Russia) 18-12
- Round of 32: Defeated Liu Yuan of China - PTS (21-7)
- Round of 16: Defeated Mehar Ullah of Pakistan - RSC 3
- Quarterfinals: Defeated Gennady Kovalev of Russia - PTS (20-5)
- Semifinals: Defeated Bahodirjon Sultonov of Uzbekistan - PTS (27-13)
- Gold Medal Match: Defeated Worapoj Petchkoom of Thailand - PTS (22-13)
Other Amateur Highlights
- 2000 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
- 2001 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
- 2001 World amateur champion - bantamweight (in Belfast, Northern Ireland)
- 2002 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
- 2002 World Cup champion - bantamweight (in Astana, Kazakhstan)
- 2003 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
- 2003 competed as a bantamweight at World championships in Bangkok, Thailand. Results were:
- 2003 Bantamweight gold medalist at Pan-American games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- 2004 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
- 2005 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
- 2005 Bantamweight gold medalist at World Cup in Moscow Russia.
- 2005 World amateur champion at bantamweight in competition held in Mianyang, China
- 2006 Cuban national amateur champion
- 2006 Bantamweight gold medalist at Central American Games in Cartagena, Colombia
- 2006 Bantamweight gold medalist at Nations Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan.
- Has a record of 4-0 (2 KOs) in World Title fights.
- Has a record of 3-0 (1 KO) against former or current world titlists.
Regional & Minor Titles
- Interim WBA World Super Bantamweight Title (November 2010 - January 2012)
- NABA Super Bantamweight Title (September 2009)
boxingconfidential.com article on contact with ARENA
| WBA Super Bantamweight Champion
2012 Jan 20 – 2013 Apr 13
Upgraded to Unified Champion
2013 Apr 13 – present
| WBO Super Bantamweight Champion
2013 Apr 13 – present