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The weights are in for Saturday night’s Pound 4 Pound showdown between WBO super featherweight titlist Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux. Both fighters were chiseled with the champion coming in at 129 pounds and the challenger at 128.25.

PREDICTION: I’ve gone back and forth on this fight since it was announced. Rigo’s sublime skills make him a hard night for any opponent, not to mention his underrated power and nimble footwork. However, this is the first fight where I feel there is a perfect storm that will lead to his first defeat.

Rigondeaux is 37 years old (allegedly), jumping two weight classes and has fought only three rounds in the last year. I would feel uneasy about those facts if he were fighting a lower Top 10 super featherweight, let alone going after the #1 guy at the weight in Lomachenko. Having fought and broken the will of bigger punchers in Nicholas Walters and Manuel Marriaga, I see Lomachenko being able to handle Rigo’s stinging shots and forcing a higher pace in the later rounds. Because Rigo sometimes squares up out of clinches, there’s an outside chance that Lomachenko could score a flash knockdown ala Donaire and Amagasa.

Expect a good start from Rigondeaux due to his counter punching with Lomachenko’s size and activity being the difference in the second half to earn a close but clear unanimous decision.

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CARDIFF, WALES — Guillermo Rigondeaux killed time this Saturday by breaking the jaw of an overmatched James Dickens for a second round corner stoppage at the Ice Arena.

Ridgondeaux fought at his usual measured pace. The punch output was low, but Rigondeaux controlled both rounds with excellent accuracy with the looping southpaw left. One of those shots in round two resulted in the apparent jaw fracture.

Dickens, who failed to land a significant punch, immediately let his corner know about the injury and retired.

Rigondeaux improves to 17-0 (11 KOs) with his seventh defense of the WBA super bantamweight title.

Note: Starting today (December 30), BeatsBoxingMayhem will count down 10 Award/Distinction lists on the Sweet Science in 2015. From your standards like¬†Fight of the Year and KO of the Year to a few¬†creative categories like this¬†list, we’ll be looking at the sport from as many angles as possible. Enjoy.

 

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5. GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX (16-0, 10 KOs)

If you ever needed proof that masterful skill alone won’t keep you atop the boxing world, look no further than former unified WBO and WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Amid back and forth lawsuits with his former manager Gary Hyde and co-promoter Caribe Promotions, Rigondeaux managed just one bout in 2015, resulting him being stripped of his WBO and WBA titles. Nonetheless, Rigondeaux was still signed by upstart boxing imprint Roc Nation Sports, who got his lone 2015 bout, an absolute 12-round stinker of a decision win over Drian Francisco, included on the Cotto vs. Canelo pay-per-view.

Rigondeaux now comes into 2016 without the bargaining chips that were his titles nor favorable marketability due to his highly technical (Read: boring) in-ring style. What the Cuban does have is a promoter that for now is willing to spend lavishly to make matchups happen. Will Roc Nation put down big money to entice fighters like Carl Framption and Scott Quigg to take on the Jackal?

At the age of 35, Rigondeaux can only hope.

 

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4. LUCAS MATTHYSSE (37-4, 34 KOs)

Matthysse’s 2015 went from triumphant to disasterous in the span of a few months. In April, he waged war in a Fight of the Year candidate against Ruslan Provodnikov. It was brutal, bloody fight where Matthysse had to dig deep late to hold off a surging Provodnikov. The bout had critics and fans lauding Matthysse’s effort as everything that’s right with the sport.

Then came an October bout with Viktor Postol for the vacant WBC super lightweight title. Matthysse hurt Postol early, but struggled with¬†Postol’s movement and combination punching as the fight progressed. A shot on the left eye put Matthysse down in the 10th and made him quit on the canvas.

This was Matthysse’s first KO loss and the circumstances¬†behind it have severely damaged his rep as the “Machine.” Before the loss, he along with Canelo was seen as one of the top Golden Boy fighters. Now he’s at a crossroads where he has to decide if he wants to stay at 140 or press his luck at welterweight. Either way, 2016 is make or break for Matthysse’s status as a top fighter.

 

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3. ADONIS STEVENSON (27-1, 22 KOs)

The man nicknamed “Superman” spent 2015 acting more like Clark Kent. His two outings were a unanimous decision win over a blown up super middleweight in Sakio Bika, and a third round blowout of an overmatched¬†Tommy Karpency.

For the lineal champion at light-heavyweight, this is unacceptable. It’s not all his fault that the Sergey Kovalev bout hasn’t happened (Main Events declined a purse bid for fear the bout wouldn’t be on HBO), but the Krusher has still been able to get quality opponents like Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins. Stevenson’s last solid opponent was Andrzej Fonfara in April 2014.

Luckily for Stevenson fans, there is some hope for 2016. Edwin Rodriguez is a fellow PBC’er and likely opponent. Plus there is the Russian beast Artur Beterbiev waiting on the wings. Count of those bouts happening before we ever Stevenson in the ring against Kovalev.

 

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2. THE PBC WELTERWEIGHTS

Yes, I’m throwing them all on the list. The Premier Boxing Champions brand has the¬†advantage of most of the top fighters at welterweight under contract. You’d think that would allow them to make quality matchups. But so far, politics seem to be only fighting being done. Amir Khan kept himself on the shelf while waiting for Mayweather¬†or Pacquiao and didn’t seriously entertain any other top¬†opponents (even a lucrative, 2015 matchup against Kell Brook). Danny Garcia looks to “ease in” to 147 after another scare against Lamont Peterson. He fought a gimme against Paulie Malignaggi and has another set in January against a sliding Robert Guerrero. Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter may or may not happen due to money squabbles. And blue chipper Errol Spence Jr. is being ignored by everyone.

The word from trainers and managers is that PBC head Al Haymon lets his fighters pick their matchups. For 2016, he needs to put his foot down and make these guys compete each other. His stable is too talented to do otherwise.

 

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1. ANDRE WARD (28-0, 15 KOs)

When you’re a Top 5 Pound 4 Pound fighter and the highlight of your 2015 is starring in a movie,¬†we have¬†a problem. For the past several years, Ward’s most notable battles have been in the courtroom against his old promoter Goossen Tutor. The conflict was finally resolved with Roc Nation signing Ward to an exclusive contract in early 2015.

He had a tune-up fight on BET in June against Paul Smith, and then spent the rest of the year trading public barbs with Carl Froch and Gennady Golovkin in vain hope of getting them in the ring. Now officially a light-heavyweight, Ward signed a three-fight deal with HBO that’s supposed to lead to a pay-per-view showdown with Sergey Kovalev.

The pay-per-view 2016 culmination sounds good in theory. But as we saw from Gennady Golovkin’s pay-per-view numbers, being a “boxing star” doesn’t equal being able to grab a¬†crossover audience. Ward¬†has only fought once in three years, so¬†his¬†opponents leading to Kovalev¬†must be ones that can up his profile. So far,¬†Ward’s only¬†choices¬†are Sullivan Barrera and Marco Antonio Periban.

Ward has been coasting on his Super Six reputation for half a decade. More than anyone on this list, 2016 is truly sink or swim for Andre Ward.

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We’re about 24 hours away from the big middleweight showdown between Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez. Stream their final confrontation before fight night as BeatsBoxingMayhem streams the weigh-in in its entirety. Also included will be the televised undercard. The live stream begins at 5:30 p.m.

 

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Earlier today, the participants on the Cotto-Canelo undercard held their final press conference at the Mandalay Bay. This card is significant as it marks the Roc Nation debut of Guillermo Rigondeaux, who faces Drian Francisco, and what likely becomes the fight of the night in WBC super featherweight champion Takashi Miura facing Francisco Vargas. Also on the card is Jayson Velez facing Ronny Rios, and IBF bantamweight titlist Randy Caballero taking on Lee Haskins.

The card airs on HBO pay-per-view November 21.

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OSAKA, Japan — Guillermo Rigondeaux¬†closed out 2014 with¬†hard-earned 11th round stoppage over Hisashi¬†Amagasa earlier today at the Bodymaker Colosseum.

Rigondeaux¬†promised a fight filled with “explosive¬†fireworks” and did his best to deliver by taking the lead and stalking his bigger opponent. Amagasa, a natural featherweight who moved down for this bout, enjoyed a 6 1/2 inch height advantage that forced Rigondeaux¬†to take offensive risks to get inside. For the most part, Amagasa¬†was too slow to time him. By the fifth, Rigondeaux was getting full leverage on his overhand lefts and eyeing a stoppage.

Amagasa got on board by catching Rigondeaux off-balance with a short right for a seventh-round flash knockdown. Rigondeau tried to hold, but his larger foe was able to break free and crash home more clubbing rights that stunned the champion and resulted in a second knockdown that questionable due to a push.

Amagasa¬†became the aggressor in the eighth, but that left him vulnerable to Rigondeaux’s counter-punching. The Cuban technician took control by landing hard straight lefts and dropping Amagasa¬†in the 10th.Through bad swelling on his jaw and right eye, Amagasa made a last stand in the 11th but couldn’t answer the bell for the final round.

The win was Rigondeaux’s¬†third defense on the unified WBA¬†and WBO¬†super bantamweight titles.

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WBA and RING magazine super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux is ready to step in as an opponent for Leo Santa Cruz on the January 17 Showtime undercard of Bermane Stiverne versus Deontay Wilder.

Rigondeaux¬†has characterized his 2014 as¬†“disgraceful” due to alleged avoidance by the other title-holders at 122 pounds. Rigondeaux¬†fights for the second time this year in Japan when he faces Hisashi¬†Amagasa on New Year’s Eve. This bout, like his¬†previous win over Sod Kokietgym¬†in July (KO1), will be off U.S. TV, a situation the Cuban¬†technician¬†blames on reluctant marquee opponents.

“This is my second time fighting in Asia this year. I am very frustrated that the other world belt holders are running scared and won’t fight me,” said Rigondeaux.¬†“It’s disgraceful that we couldn’t find a world-class, 122-pound fighter to fight me, so, I would like to thank Amagasa for dropping down from featherweight (126 lbs. division) to challenge me. I will put on an explosive fireworks display on New Year’s Eve in Japan.”

Santa Cruz, who holds the WBC super bantamweight¬†strap, has stated he wants to unify with at least one other titlist¬†before moving up to featherweight for a possible showdown with Abner Mares. Shoulld¬†Santa Cruz opt for another champion such as Carl Frampton¬†(IBF) or Scott Quigg¬†(WBA), Rigondeaux’s¬†manager Gary Hyde says his fighter is still likely to make a big announcement next month.

“In January, we will sit down and discuss the terms of a promotional contract that was initially offered to us this past summer and is now back on the table,” said Hyde, possibly alluding to past¬†rumors¬†of negotiations with¬†Roc Nation Sports.¬†“Hopefully, we will come to an agreement with this promotional company and ‘Rigo’ will be back fighting on mainstream television networks in 2015.”