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Guillermo Rigondeaux withdraws from James Dickens bout with visa troubles

Rigondeaux had been training in Russia for the fight.

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Saturday's planned Liverpool showdown between former super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and England's James Dickens is officially dead in the water as Rigondeaux failed to secure a visa, according to ESPN.

Our own Wil Esco passed along word of Rigondeaux's ongoing struggles yesterday, including a Russian holiday.

"El Chacal" (16-0, 10 KO)  has fought just four times since a career-best win over Nonito Donaire back in 2013 thanks to a laundry list of issues outside the ring and his own, well, lack of entertainment value inside of it. Without a single title to his name, it's looking more and more like his dream fight with newly-unified division champ Carl Frampton will remain just that.

The rest of the card, which features WBO Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan and stripped IBF Super Flyweight Champion Zolani Tete, will presumably go on as planned.