P4P countdown: No 6: Guillermo Rigondeaux
Luke G. Williams
Over the course of this week, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising ten of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came sixth...
Name: Guillermo Rigondeaux
BM online P4P ranking: 6th (up 1 place from last December)
Fight record: 17(11)-0
Report card: 2016 was a poor year for the richly talented Cuban, with his only fight a once postponed two-round stoppage of overmatched Brit James 'Jazza' Dickens, who was unable to continue fighting after 'El Chacel' broke his jaw. Apart from that, Rigondeaux failed to land the big fights that he frequently says he craves. 2017 has so far been similarly frustrating, with Rigondeaux's contest against Moises Flores ending in a no contest, after an after the bell blow felled the Mexican.
Prospects for 2017: A rematch with Flores is likely to be mandated, although Rigondeaux is currently chasing Vasyl Lomachenko via social media - a contest few expect to materialise.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 44 - All but one of our panellists ranked Rigondeaux in their top tens and, due to Sergey Kovalev's fall, he has nudged up one place. However it is clear that patience is wearing thin among our panel - last summer (albeit with a panel which was slightly different) we ranked Rigondeaux third overall. He needs a big win and greater activity to maintain his P4P standing and remind everyone of his sublime gifts.
NB: Voting panel for the BM online P4P rankings were: Mark Butcher, Luke Byron, Luke G. Williams, Andrew Harrison, Paul Zanon, James Oddy, Chris Williamson, Callum Rudge, Michael Montero and Martin Chesnutt.
Each panellist ranked their top ten in order, with the boxer placed first receiving ten points, second nine points, third eight points and so on. Boxers were then ranked by the overall number of points accrued.