Guillermo Rigondeaux must not make everyone at HBO vomit all over themselves after all, as the Cuban super bantamweight champion will be back on the network in a headline fight on December 7, facing former bantamweight titleholder Joseph Agbeko in Atlantic City. Mike Coppinger reported the fight news at BoxingScene.com.
The card will go up against a Showtime broadcast in Brooklyn that night, headlined by Paulie Malignaggi vs Zab Judah in a hometown turf war.
Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KO) defeated Nonito Donaire on April 13, but has been out since then, with plenty of talk that HBO was not interested in bringing him back due to a boring style and a lack of fans. Boxing fans pretty universally panned that idea, but to be clear, that information came from Bob Arum, and not from HBO, who never said anything on the record about Rigondeaux's future on the network.
Manager Gary Hyde had said that there had been talks with HBO about another Rigondeaux fight, and now we're getting it. Agbeko (29-4, 22 KO) beat Luis Melendez in Ghana in March of this year, his first fight since dropping back-to-back bouts to Abner Mares in 2011. The 33-year-old fighter is a tough out for anyone, and could provide the technical master with a very hard night indeed.