Guillermo Rigondeaux outpoints Pinoy boxer Drian Francisco
Milan Ordoñez on Nov 22, 2015 12:01 PM
Photo credit: The Associated Press
Former 122-pound world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux managed to keep his undefeated record intact, much to the chagrin of the fans in attendance at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
After being stripped of his WBO title due to inactivity, “El Chacal” became a last minute addition to the Saturday night fight card headlined by middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The Cuban boxing sensation faced Filipino fighter Drian “Gintong Kamao” Francisco.
Rigondeaux dominated the entire fight by simply outpointing Francisco through 30 minutes of action. The general consensus of the boxing world about the fight, however, was nowhere near pleasant. The actual fight was met in constant boos from the fans in attendance, which began in the early rounds. As the fight progressed, the boos only became louder and more distinct.
The in-fight reactions on the internet were not so appealing as well. Some of them even came from the sport’s notable figures.
Thank goodness this #Rigo fight is not a 12-rounder. I'd hurt myself. #boxing #zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) November 22, 2015
Rigo has won all six rounds but very few fans. The seventh begins— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) November 22, 2015
I would rather watch paint dry than Rigo. And, yes, he's very good. So what!— Lou DiBella (@loudibella) November 22, 2015
Guillermo Rigondeaux was awarded with the unanimous decision verdict, with a 97-93, 100-90, 100-90 tally. He now holds the WBC Silver International title, with a record of 16-0 (10 victories by knockout).
Francisco, on the other hand, drops to a record of 28-4-1, with 22 victories by knockout.
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