Rigondeaux won't fight Drian, faces Thai instead
MANILA, Philippines – Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux has already signed a deal to fight super bantamweight contender Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym of Thailand on the undercard of the Nonito Donaire Jr.-Jorge Arce bout.
Rigondeaux’s manager Gary Hyde told Boxing Scene that Kratingdaenggym has already accepted the offer to fight the Cuban on December 15.
Hyde confirmed that they had a discussion for a possible fight against the Philippines’ Drian Francisco. But he said the bout won’t take place as his client has already signed a contract for Kratingdaenggym.
"I am delighted with the choice of Rigondeaux's next opponent Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym. Poonsawat is one of the top fighters in the [122-pound] division and we are delighted he has accepted the fight,” Hyde said.
The Rigondeaux-Kratingdaenggym title fight will determine the undisputed World Boxing Association (WBA) champion.
Rigondeaux holds the “full” WBA super bantamweight title, while his Thai opponent is the “regular” WBA super bantamweight king.
“This is definitely the toughest challenge that we could have taken as he is ranked [No. 3] in the division by [Ring Magazine], but that being said I feel [Rigondeaux] has the tools to dismantle the Thai fighter and look impressive in doing so,” said Hyde.