Guillermo Rigondeaux has taken criticism in the past for being a boring fighter to watch, but took that to a new level tonight against Drian Francisco, winning a dreary shutout-type decision, though one judge did find three rounds to give to the Filipino. Scores were 97-93, 100-90, and 100-90. BLH had similar scores, with Wil Esco tallying 97-93 for Rigondeaux, and I had it 100-90 for the Cuban.
Rigondeaux (16-0, 10 KO) hadn't fought in 11 months and took this fight on a mere week's notice, to be entirely fair to him, but he averaged about seven punches landed per round in this fight, and even for Rigondeaux, this was a dull affair. Even the harshest critics of Rigondeaux in the past probably didn't expect a fight this bereft of action. He looked in good shape, but it's possible his cardio wasn't at peak condition -- really, it would be wise to even expect that it wasn't.
But even still, this was just an awful television fight. There wasn't a single moment of any drama, other than seeing how loudly the crowd in Las Vegas could boo the fight, which started at the end of round one and just got worse as it went on, peaking somewhere in the middle; by the end, the fans were too tired to bother anymore. It had become pointless.
Brushing all that aside, though, with the win over Francisco (28-4-2, 22 KO) in the books and Rigondeaux now signed with Roc Nation Sports, there's a good chance we'll see him back in a more compelling bout soon. Even at his "worst," Rigondeaux has never been this "bad" before (we're talking purely entertainment value here), and there's no great reason to expect this to become his new normal. A fight with Vasyl Lomachenko has been discussed plenty, and it could be possible if everyone actually wants it.