Arum hopes for more fan-friendly Rigondeaux
MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum is hoping to watch a more entertaining fight when unbeaten Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux battles Joseph Agbeko this December in a match that will be televised on HBO.
Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, famously defeated Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire earlier this year but gained few fans because of his counter-punching style that failed to produce many highlights.
Following the Donaire bout, Arum admitted that he was at a loss on how to promote Rigondeaux, who was very skillful but rarely produced the knockouts craved by fans.
Speaking to Boxing Scene, Arum said he is happy to see Rigondeaux back in action against Agbeko, but is hoping to see a better show from the Cuban.
“I think Rigondeaux deserves to be back in television,” said Arum. “I just hope he fights a more fan-friendly fight in his next fight.”
Rigondeaux’s counter-punching style, along with his handspeed and footwork, has served him well throughout his boxing career as he is one of the most decorated amateur boxers in history. As a pro, he is 12-0 with eight knockouts.
Last August, he told Boxing Scene that he has no plans of changing his style. “I am just going to keep doing what I am doing and that has been working for me,” he said.
Yet Arum said he has gotten a guarantee from Rigondeaux’s camp that the boxer will be more entertaining.
“They promised me that it will happen,” said Arum, who explained the need for entertainment in boxing.
“In order to be desired by television, you have to have the people who are watching entertained,” he said. “That’s what it’s about.”
“It’s not a baseball game, where if you win, you win,” he added. “In boxing, you got to win and you got to entertain.”