Guillermo Rigondeaux lost his opportunity to make 2019 his busiest year since 2012 when visa issues forced Liborio Solis out of their December 21st date on FOX. Luckily, it looks as though there won’t be much of a delay. Dan Rafael reports that the bout will “likely” co-headline the February 8th Gary Russell Jr.-Tugstsogt Nyambayar Showtime card in Allentown, PA.
Should the relevant parties successfully reschedule the fight, it will be Rigondeaux’s (19-1, 13 KO) bantamweight debut and Solis’ (30-5-1. 14 KO) first major bout since his two fights with Jamie McDonnell, which respectively ended in a controversial decision and a disappointing no contest. It will presumably also still be for the WBA “regular” title at 118 pounds; this would theoretically put the winner in line to face “super” champ Naoya Inoue, but the WBA has never been in any major rush to whittle down its motley crew of “champions.”
This is among the best fights that could be made with a cumulative age above 75 years, so here’s hoping everything gets resolved in time.