Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Lante Addy
2009-12-16 : Guillermo Rigondeaux 125½ lbs beat Lante Addy 124 lbs by UD in round 8 of 8
- Location: BB King Blues Club & Grill, New York, New York, USA
- Referee: Steve Smoger
- Judge: Steve Weisfeld 80-71
- Judge: Julie Lederman 80-71
- Judge: John Signorile 79-72
In the main event of a five bout card held at BB King's in Manhattan promoted by Lou DiBella, Cuban Olympic Gold Medalist Guillermo Rigondeux, who won gold twice in 2000 and 2004 before defecting to the United States and turning professional, won a Super Bantamweight unanimous eight round decision over game last minute substitute Lante Addy of Accra, Ghana. Addy, a last minute sub for Rafael Tirado (the originally scheduled opponent) fearlessly attacked Rigondeaux at the opening bell, and was hit by a perfect straight left hand to the chin by Rigondeaux that put him on the canvas on the seat of his pants almost immediately. Given Rigondeaux' tremendous hand speed, the fight seemed over. But Addy got right back up seemingly without a count and changed his fight plan. Instead Addy brought his gloves in front of his face and fought the rest of the bout as a defensive counterpuncher on the move, looking for Rigondeaux to make a mistake. In round two when Rigondeaux briefly dropped his guard, Addy nailed him with a nice counter right to the head. With no head target to hit, Rigondeaux spent the entire eight rounds after the knockdown throwing power punch body shots which scored on occasion. While Addy was not on the world class level of Rigondeaux (with over 400 amateur fights) general consensus at ringside was that Addy might have done better, if he had been given sufficient time to prepare for the opponent instead of taking the bout at the last minute. With trainer Freddie Roach in his corner, Rigondeaux won every round easily and got in a good eight round workout. Still, Addy appeared dangerous and even as counterpuncher gave a very good accounting of himself. Despite being knocked down early in round one, it should be noted the flash knockdown did not put Addy in jeopardy and Addy was not in trouble at any time. Both fighters appeared in excellent condition and neither fighter was hurt during the eight rounder.