Guillermo Rigondeaux

El Chacal

BOXER: GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX 

NICKNAME: EL CHACAL (THE JACKAL)

DIVISION: SUPER BANTAM WEIGHT 

DATE OF BIRTH: SEPTEMBER 9, 1980

HEIGHT: 5’4’’

STANCE: SOUTHPAW

BORN: SANTIAGO DE CUBA, CUBA 

LIVES: MIAMI, FLORIDA

RECORD: 17-0 (11 KO)

To most, the jackal is a species of wolf proficient in hunting and scavenging with the ability to maintain a constant speed over long distances while chasing down their prey. In boxing circles, “The Jackal” better known in the Spanish equivalent of “El Chacal,” is a Cuban World Champion Super Bantamweight by the name of Guillermo Rigondeaux. A fighter who proficiently overwhelms his opponents with an annihilating speed and power.

 

The son of a coffee farmer from Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Guillermo Rigondeaux, like most boxers, wasn’t born into wealth and privilege. As one of seven siblings, Rigondeaux dreamt of bigger things for himself when he first stepped into a boxing gym at the age of thirteen. The natural born fighter was immediately noticed, and invited to the training camp of the Cuban National Team in Havana. The camp nicknamed, “La Finca,” was known for its ability to take young, raw talents, and turning them into amateur boxing superstars.

 

Rigondeaux’s sheer natural gift and desire, combined with the training methods of the Cuban National Team, created an elite amateur fighter. By the age of 28, Rigondeaux had captured gold medals at the Pan Am Games, two World Amateur Championships, two World Cups and two Olympic Gold Medals (2000 and 2004). Along the way, he participated in nearly 475 amateur boxing fights, losing only 12 while often being refered to as the greatest amateur fighter who ever put on a pair of gloves. While the medals and trophies were a tremendous source of pride for Rigondeaux, his sights were locked on proving that he was the world’s best on the professional stage. This objective set the path for Rigondeaux’s deflection from Cuba.

 

Leaving behind his family, with their whole-hearted support, he found himself in Miami, quickly immersed in the opportunity to box with world-class competitors. Rigondeaux found support through reconnecting with former Cuban amateur and current professional standouts Yuriorkis Gamboa, Erislandy Lara and Odlanier Solis.

 

The leap from amateur to professional was a seamless one for “El Chacal.” Rigondeaux made his professional debut on May 22, 2009 against Juan Noriega in Miami scoring a third round technical knockout win. High expectations had no ill effect on Rigondeaux as he tore through his next five opponents. On Nov. 13, 2010, in just his seventh pro fight, Rigondeaux faced Ricardo Cordoba for the vacant WBA Interim Super Bantamweight World Championship and left the ring with the belt after scoring a split decision victory. After defending the interim title once, with only eight professional fights under his belt, Rigondeaux turned his target to supremacy in the 122-pound division.

 

Rigondeaux accomplished what many considered the unthinkable by knocking out WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion Rico Ramos on January 20, 2012, becoming a world champion in fewer than 10 professional bouts. ESPN.com boxing columnist Dan Rafael described Rigondeaux as a fighter who can “do basically whatever he wants, whenever he wants inside the ring. He is so poised, fast and effective in every area of boxing that it is scary.”

 

After defending the WBA Super Bantamweight title with a knockout victory over Teon Kennedy, Rigondeaux publically challenged all of the super bantamweight division’s champions and top contenders. On April 13, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, Rigondeaux scored his biggest victory to date by defeating WBO and Ring Magazine World Champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaire. Rigondeaux came away with the victory by unanimous decision after out landing and out punching Donaire throughout the fight to unify titles. Other foes who have tasted defeat amidst Rigondeux’s reign include former Two-Time World Champion, Joseph Agbeko, Two-Time World Title Challenger Sod Kokietgym and top contender Hisashi Amagasa.

 

In November of 2015, Roc Nation Sports announced that it had signed Rigondeaux to an exclusive promotional agreement and he was quickly featured on the HBO Pay-Per-View underard of the Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez mega-fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 21, 2015 when he defeated veteran Drian Francisco via a 10-round unanimous decision.

 

Prior to beating Francisco, Rigondeaux was stripped of his title belts due to inactivity, but remained as the WBA champion in recess. In May of 2016, Roc Nation Sports COO of Boxing David Itskowitch announced that Rigondeaux’s WBA belt was reinstated, saying “we’re pleased that the WBA has reinstated Guillermo as their 122 lb. world champion. He’s the best fighter in the division, as well as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, and should be recognized as such.”