Showtime brings boxing fans a New Year's championship double-header. One part of that event is Tavoris Cloud vs. Zsolt Erdei, but the other sees WBA Super Bantamweight Champ Rico Ramos defend his title from the fierce challenge of Gullermo Rigondeaux. The latter is already an international amateur legend, but a latecomer to the professionals and in a division that is harshly unforgiving to fighters in their 30s. That makes Rigondeaux the hungriest of fighters -- the man in a "now or never" position to earn fame and big paydays -- and therefore the stiffest imaginable opponent for Ramos.
Guillermo Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs)
5'4 1/2" tall, 31 years old, southpaw
Rigondeaux's background as a Cuban amateur explains why a 31 year old 122-pounder is merely 8-0, but also why he is in title contention. As an amateur, Rigondeaux racked up a record of 400-12, won two Olympic golds, and reigned as the Cuban national champion in his weight class for seven years. ...