By Scott Gilfoid: Gary Hyde, the manager for WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs), says that he’s in talks with Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn for a fight between Rigondeaux and WBA World 122lb champion Scott Quigg (31-0-2, 23 KOs) for a fight that could take place this year. Hyde says Rigondeaux wouldn’t have any issues with fighting Quigg in Manchester, UK.
Personally, I can’t see Hearn letting his prize, Scott Quigg, take on a talent like Rigondeaux. If anything, we might see the fight happen in another three to four years, depending on how the 34-year-old Rigondeaux ages.
If he starts looking like a shot fighter, then and only then do I see Hearn pulling the trigger on this fight for Quigg. But if he were to make the fight now, I think Quigg would get royally clowned in the worst way by Cuban Rigondeaux.
“We can confirm that talks have started between Eddie Hearn and me with regards to Scott Quigg fighting Guillermo Rigondeaux in Manchester before the year is out. Eddie told me this morning that Quigg is ready to step up and take on Rigondeaux,” said Hyde via RingTV.com.
Hearn said that a fight between Quigg and former four division world champion Nonito Donaire is more likely to happen than a Quigg-Rigondeaux fight, which doesn’t surprise me in the least. It’s definitely a move in the weaker direction for Hearn in going after the guy that Rigondeaux easily beat two years ago in 2013 when he had an easy time defeating Donaire by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision.
If Donaire can handle Quigg’s punching power in the first four rounds, I see Donaire scoring a knockout over him. Donaire’s still very, very fast with his hand speed, and his left hook and right hand are very powerful. If he’s facing someone he can land those power shots against, then he’s almost unbeatable.
Yeah, Donaire lost to Nicholas Walters last year, but we’re talking about a fighter than weighs in the 140s for his fights at featherweight. You can’t blame Donaire for losing to a welterweight-sized fighter like Walters. I have no doubts that Walters would destroy Quigg as well if he could get him inside the ring, which I don’t think Hearn would ever let happen.
Besides trying to make a Rigondeaux-Quigg fight, Hyde is also trying to setup a fight between Rigondeaux and WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko. That fight is a little trickier for Rigondeaux because it means him moving up to featherweight to fight at the full weight for the division at 126 without a catch-weight and without a rehydration clause. So if Lomachenko rehydrates to the upper 130s for the fight, then Rigondeaux will have to deal with fighting someone 10-15 pounds heavier than himself.
Rigondeaux has stopped Hisashi Amagasa and Sod Kokietgym in his last two fights in Asia. Those weren’t the big fights that he’s wanted, but with none of the top names willing to get inside the ring with him, he’s been forced to stay busy fighting whoever is willing to fight him.
“I think Nonito Donaire v Quigg is more likely than Quigg v Rigo,” Hearn said.