Guillermo Rigondeaux is going on the offensive...well outside of the ring, anyway. Rigo is scheduled to face Jazza Dickens on March 12th but since no one has any real reason to believe that fight is anything other than a foregone conclusion, Rigo is openly stating that he's coming to take out Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg.
"I'm going over there to win this fight and then I'm going to beat both of them, Frampton and Quigg," Rigondeaux said through a translator on a conference call. "And yes, I want to make a point that I'm here waiting for them. They know where to find me."
But in the meantime, Rigo speaks on being demoted by RING magazine after already having been stripped of his WBA and WBO world titles due to inactivity:
"I have no control of the situation of them removing my titles," he said on Monday. "I can't control that. It's mostly the boxing world - my inactivity in the boxing world is what (got my titles stripped). I have no control over that. It's in my promoter's hands and the opponents who don't want to face me. I can't control that but I don't care about that anymore because all I can do is move forward."
Rigo also goes on to imply that HBO are the only ones responsible for cultivating the perception of him being a boring fighter, saying the fans speak well about him. In fairness, that just isn't true. Yes, it's true that HBO have labeled him as not fun to watch, but they certainly aren't the only ones.
Many fans also routinely criticize Rigo for being mind-numbingly deliberate in his approach, which a lot of people just don't find pleasing to watch for entertainment purposes. But be that as it may, Rigo says that he isn't going to become more aggressive no matter how many pleas he gets from fans or media:
"If I did what people want, I would lose," Rigondeaux said. "I win and I win convincingly and it doesn't affect my style whatsoever. I'm going to do my thing."
Rigo finishes by also stating that he has no regrets with the way his professional boxing career has gone thus far, specifically chalking up his mishaps to boxing business and politics that are out of his control. The fact is, more of his career trajectory is in his control than he would like to take responsibility for, and given his insistence on not even attempting to be more crowd pleasing may mean the 35-year-old fighter could be out of sight and out of mind much sooner than later. But in the end, Rigo will be able to say he did it his way.