An extensive amateur career, which exceeded 300 bouts, is Guillermo Rigondeaux’s blueprint for a quicker path to professional riches.
Rigondeaux, who defected from Cuba in February, will make his professional debut Friday night at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. The 28-year-old Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, considers his amateur background sufficient experience to earn high-profile bouts without the lengthy fight schedule required for professional development.
”I did all I needed to do in the amateurs,” Rigondeaux said in a news conference last week. “I won gold medals, world championships, Pan American championships.
“I came here to be a world champion.”…Full Story
A then 19 year old Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux makes his Olympic debut at the 2000 Sydney Olympics vs Tunisian Moez Zemzemi.
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