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Rigondeaux vs Santa Cruz discussions underway

Will Guillermo Rigondeaux and Leo Santa Cruz clash this summer? Talks have begun, at least.

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions says that there are legitimate talks for a 122-pound showdown between WBA and WBO titleholder (and lineal champion) Guillermo Rigondeaux and WBC titleholder Leo Santa Cruz.

De La Hoya says it's the fight that Santa Cruz wants:

"Hopefully, we can put together what would arguably be one of the best fights of the year with Leo Santa Cruz versus Guillermo Rigondeaux, so talks are underway," said De La Hoya. "We're in preliminary talks and they've started. That's a fight that Leo has been asking for and that's a fight that Rigondeaux has been asking for, so that's something that we want to deliver to the fans."

Santa Cruz (29-0-1, 17 KO) beat Jesus Ruiz handily on January 17 on Showtime, but the opposition was again criticized, and Santa Cruz has clearly felt the heat from media and fans who have begun to call out the young titlist's lack of fights against credible contenders. There was earlier an idea to match Santa Cruz against Abner Mares in May, but Mares is now tentatively set to fight on Al Haymon's March 7 card.

Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KO) last fought on December 31, beating Hisashi Amagasa in Japan, a tougher than expected night in some respects, as the Cuban was dropped twice, though he otherwise dominated. Rigondeaux, who is now without a power promoter, has been stuck on the fringes of major events for the last year, despite being the clear No. 1 man in his weight class, and a fighter with HBO and Showtime experience.

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