P4P countdown: No. 7: Guillermo Rigondeaux
Luke G. Williams
Over the Christmas and New Year period, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising nine of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came seventh ...
Name: Guillermo Rigondeaux
BM online P4P ranking: 7th
Fight record: 17(11)-0
2016 report card: It was a poor year for the richly talented, who has now fought just twice in the last two years. His only fight in 2016 was 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.
Prospects for 2017: After the disappointment of 2016, it is a positive sign that Rigondeaux is fighting in February against Moises Flores, a dangerous super bantam who is 25-0 ranked at number five in the division by Boxing Monthly. This fight will tell us a lot about how much Rigondeaux has left, both physically and mentally. It could be a make or break fight for the 36-year-old who is fast running out of time and goodwill.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 38 - All but one of our panellists ranked Rigondeaux in their top ten, but it is clear that patience is wearing thin. When we last surveyed our panel in the summer (albeit a panel which was slightly different) Rigondeaux ranked third overall, but he has now plunged four places. He needs a big win badly 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 and Michael Montero.
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.