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 was one of the most decorated amateurs in the history of boxing. Competing in the bantamweight (54 kg) class, he won seven Cuban national championships (2000-2006), two Olympic gold medals (2000 & 2004), and two amateur world championships (2001 & 2005). Rigondeux claimed an amateur record of 374-12. His last losses came against Rencise Perez and Bekzat Sattarkhanov in 1998, Waldemar Font in 1999, and 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. However, Rigondeaux and Lara were taken into police custody three days later for overstaying their visas and sent back to Cuba. Rigondeaux and Lara insisted they never intended to defect, but German promoter Ahmet Oener of ARENA Box-Promotion said they signed professional contracts. Cuban leader Fidel Castro said at the time that neither would again be included on the national team because "the Cuban athlete who deserts his delegation is like a soldier who deserts his unit in the midst of combat."
Rigondeaux was able to successfully defect in February 2009. He was taken out of Cuba on a cramped smuggler’s boat and delivered to Miami, where he joined Lara, who had defected the previous June. Both signed promotional deals with ARENA Box.
In only his seventh professional bout, Rigondeaux won the interim WBA super bantamweight title with a twelve-round split decision against Ricardo Cordoba on November 13, 2010.
Rigondeaux captured the full WBA super bantamweight title on January 20, 2012 by knocking out Rico Ramos with a body shot in round six.
In April 2013, Rigondeux upset Nonito Donaire by a twelve-round unanimous decision to unify the WBA and WBO super bantamweight titles.
Trainer Freddie Roach said of Rigondeaux: "He's probably the greatest talent I've ever seen."
- Amateur Record: 374-12
- 2000 Cuban National Amateur Bantamweight Champion.
- 2000 Olympic Bantamweight Gold Medalist in Sydney, Australia. Results:
- 2001 Cuban National Amateur Bantamweight Champion.
- 2001 World Amateur Bantamweight Champion in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Results:
- 2002 Cuban National Amateur Bantamweight Champion.
- 2002 World Cup Bantamweight Champion in Astana, Kazakhstan. Results:
- 2003 Cuban National Amateur Bantamweight Champion.
- 2003 Cuban bantamweight representative competed at the World championships in Bangkok, Thailand. Results:
- 2003 Pan-American Games Bantamweight Gold Medalist in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Results:
- 2004 Cuban National Amateur Bantamweight Champion.
- 2004 Olympic Bantamweight Gold Medalist in Athens, Greece. Results:
- 2005 Cuban National Amateur Bantamweight Champion.
- 2005 World Cup Bantamweight Gold Medalist in Moscow Russia. Results:
- 2005 World Amateur Bantamweight Champion in Mianyang, China. Results:
- 2006 Cuban National Amateur Bantamweight Champion.
- 2006 Central American Games Bantamweight Gold Medalist in Cartagena, Colombia. Results:
- 2006 Nations Cup Bantamweight Gold Medalist in Baku, Azerbaijan. Results:
- Has a record of 5-0 (2 KOs) in World Title fights.
- Has a record of 4-0 (1 KO) against former or current world titlists: Ricardo Cordoba, Rico Ramos, Nonito Donaire and Joseph Agbeko.
Regional & Minor Titles
- NABA Super Bantamweight Title (September 2009)
- Interim WBA Super Bantamweight Title (November 2010 - January 2012)
| 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