Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz

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Name: Guillermo Rigondeaux
Alias: El Chacal The Jackal
Birth Name: Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz
Hometown: Miami, Florida, USA
Birthplace: Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Stance: Southpaw
Height: 170cm
Reach: 171cm
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record

Career Overview

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 463-12. 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 Highlights

Career Notes

Regional & Minor Titles

  • NABA Super Bantamweight Title (September 2009)
  • Interim WBA Super Bantamweight Title (November 2010 - January 2012)
  • WBA 'Regular' Bantamweight Title (February 2020 - August 2021)

World Titles

  • Lineal World Super Bantamweight Championship (won via UD12 Nonito Donaire, 13th April 2013 - present); seven defenses.

Rigondeaux still claims the Lineal Championship at 122lbs as per his Twitter account and other comments. He has not lost the title in the Ring and despite him no longer holding The Ring Magazine Championship he is nevertheless still "the man that beat the man".

  • The Ring Magazine World Super Bantamweight Championship (13th April 2013 - Feb 2016); four defenses.

Rigondeaux was stripped of this title in line with The Ring's requirement for their Champion to defend the title against at least one top-5 rated opponent every 18 months. It should be noted that Rigondeaux was somewhat avoided in his prime. Frampton and Quigg elected to fight each another in February 2016 and Santa Cruz earlier moved up to Featherweight when all had opportunities to fight for the Lineal Championship.

  • WBA 'Super' World Super Bantamweight Title
  • WBO Super Bantamweight World Title

Preceded by:
Rico Ramos
WBA Super Bantamweight Champion
2012 Jan 20 – 2013 Apr 13
Upgraded to Unified Champion
2013 Apr 13 – 2015 Oct
Unified Champion
Declared Champion in Recess
2015 Oct – 2016 May
Champion in Recess
2016 May – 2018 Jan 2
Super Champion
Succeeded by:
Scott Quigg
Regular Champion
Preceded by:
Nonito Donaire
WBO Super Bantamweight Champion
2013 Apr 13 – 2015 Oct
Succeeded by:
Nonito Donaire