Guillermo Rigondeaux

Infobox boxer (amateur)
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fullname = Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortíz
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nationality = CUB
weight class = Bantamweight
club = Santiago de Cuba
birthdate = birth date and age|1980|9|30
birthplace = La Prueba, Santiago de Cuba
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height = height|m=1.66
weight = convert|54|kg|lb
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Guillermo Rigondeaux (born September 30, 1980 in La Prueba) is a Cuban amateur boxer, who has completely dominated the bantamweight (– 54 kg) division at the onset of the 21st century.

The southpaw boxer-puncher won gold at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics He is also World Champion from 2001 and 2005. His rival is Aghasi Mammadov, but Rigondeaux has won all bouts except for their match at the 2003 World Championships.

He was part of the Cuban team that won the 2006 Boxing World Cup. [http://rusboxing.ru/news.php?readmore=223]

However, he left his team at the Pan American Games of Rio de Janeiro 2007 to try to fly to Germany in an attempt to sign for a German boxing club, he failed to do that and was eliminated from the national team.

Olympic results

2000
*Defeated Moez Zemzemi (Tunisia) KO 1
*Defeated Kazumasa Tsujimoto (Japan) RSC 3
*Defeated Agasi Agaguloglu (Turkey) 14-5
*Defeated Clarence Vinson (United States) 18-6
*Defeated Raimkul Malakhbekov (Russia) 18-12

2004
*Round of 32: Defeated Liu Yuan of China - PTS (21-7)
*Round of 16: Defeated Mehar Ullah of Pakistan - RSC 3
*Quarterfinals: Defeated Gennady Kovalev of Russia - PTS (20-5)
*Semifinals: Defeated Bahodirjon Sooltonov of Uzbekistan - PTS (27-13)
*Gold Medal Match: Defeated Worapoj Petchkoom of Thailand - PTS (22-13)

Arrest

Aug 3, 2007Despite being announced by Arena Box promotions as being signed and on their way to join their former team mates who defected in January to fight professionally in Germany, Rigondeaux and Lara were found/arrested at a hotel in Cabo Frio in Brazil, and are set to be deported back to Cuba by the end of the week.Although the deportation was due to Rigondeaux "willingly" going back to Cuba, he has been sacked from the national team and will from now on be allowed only to coach. There was speculation that the decision to return had been accelerated by pressures on the deserting boxer's families in Cuba.

He is currently seeking to speak with Cuba's new president Raul Castro to see if he can be allowed to box again.

Other amateur achievements

*2000 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
*2001 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
*2001 World amateur champion - bantamweight (in Belfast, Northern Ireland)
**Defeated Kazumasa Tsujimoto (Japan) RSC 2
**Defeated Reidar Walstad (Norway) RSC 2
**Defeated Artur Mikaelian (Greece) 24-8
**Defeated Sergey Danilchenko (Ukraine) 15-6
**Defeated Aghasi Mammadov (Turkey) 30-24
*2002 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
*2002 World Cup champion - bantamweight (in Astana, Kazakhstan)
**Defeated Justin Kane (Australia) RSC 1
**Defeated Keren Gurgen (Turkey) RSC 1
**Defeated Chotipat Wongprates (Thailand) 13-2
**Defeated Toljen Kanatov (Kazkhstan) 7-6
*2003 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
*2003 competed as a bantamweight at World championships in Bangkok, Thailand. Results were:
**Defeated Andrzej Liczik (Poland) 15-1
**Lost to Aghasi Mammadov (Azerbaijan) 13-16
*2003 Bantamweight gold medalist at Pan-American games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
**Defeated Argenis Mendez Zapata (Dominican Republic) 17-2
**Defeated Alexander Espinoza (Venezuela) RSC 2
**Defeated Andrew Kooner (Canada) 22-2
**Defeated Abner Mares (Mexico) 17-7
*2004 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
*2005 Cuban national amateur champion - bantamweight
*2005 Bantamweight gold medalist at World Cup in Moscow Russia.
**Defeated Worapoj Petchkoom (Thailand) 34-16
**Defeated Zsolt Bedak (Romania) 28-11
**Defeated Murat Aiyrmasov (Kazakhstan) 34-7
**Defeated Maksim Khalikov (Russia) 37-21
*2005 World amateur champion at bantamweight in competition held in Mianyang, China
**Defeated Vladislav Sokolov (Latvia) RTD 2
**Defeated Ougonchulun Batkhuu (Mongolia) RSC
**Defeated Bahodirjon Sooltonov (Uzbekistan) RSC 3
**Defeated Ali Hallab (France) 37-23
**Defeated Rustamhodza Rahimov (Germany) 19-9
*2006 Cuban national amateur champion
*2006 Bantamweight gold medalist at Central American Games in Cartagena, Colombia
**Defeated Juan Velasquez (Puerto Rico) 10-1
**Defeated Jhonatan Romero (Colombia) walk-over
**Defeated Arturo Santos Reyes (Mexico) 14-3
*2006 Bantamweight gold medalist at Nations Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan.
**Defeated Mirzhan Rakhimzhanov (Kazakhstan) 28-10
**Defeated Rau'shee Warren (United States) 21-17
**Defeated Elshad Guliyev (Azerbaijan) walk-over
**Defeated Ali Aliyev (Russia) RSC 3

Links

* [http://www.geocities.com/pedrinet/rigondeaux.html Record]


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