MANILA, Philippines – With only a couple of months left before his next fight, World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba announced that he has changed trainers.
Rigondeaux told Rick Reeno of Boxing Scene that he has parted ways with Jorge Rubio and has hired fellow Cuba Pedro Diaz, who also trains former world champion Miguel Cotto.
“I feel very comfortable with Pedro Diaz, being my longtime trainer since the amateur days and I feel great with the decision and I am going forward with Pedro,” Rigondeaux said.
The coaching change comes just two months before Rigondeaux is set to face fellow champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire.
But Rigondeaux’s manager, Gary Hyde, scored his fighter’s decision, pointing out that “changing trainers going into the biggest fight of his career is not in his interest.”
Hyde said Rigondeaux has already left two world-class trainers before in Freddie Roach and Ronnie Shields.
The Cuban fighter, however, said his manager “does not need to see who is training me.”
“I did not have any problems with my prior trainers. It’s just a decision that I feel is the best one for my career, by going with the trainer that knew me since the amateurs, since the Olympics,” Rigondeaux said.
“The other trainer is a very good trainer, but this is the right decision for me with the biggest fight of my career coming up,” he added.
Rigondeaux also confirmed that he has not yet signed the contract for his April 13 fight against Donaire as he is waiting for Top Rank to settle their dispute with Caribe Promotions.