Queensberry Promotions Releases Statement on Guillermo Rigondeaux Visa Obstacle

Some recent comments have appeared on social media and web sites concerning the arrival into the UK of Guillermo Rigondeaux for his fight against Jazza Dickens this Saturday, 12 March, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, on the undercard of Terry Flanagan and Derry Mathews’ WBO World Lightweight title fight.

To clarify, Queensberry Promotions are the promoter of the event that Rigondeaux will feature on and the application for his Visa has been handled by his promoter’s RocNation and Caribe Promotions for his entry into the UK.

Queensberry Promotions are working alongside Dino Duva from RocNation in order to assist Rigondeaux’s with his Visa issues and travel to the UK from Russia, where he has been at training camp.

Mr. Duva has been in constant contact with Queensberry Promotions with updates on the situation and just last night sent a message to promoter Frank Warren:

 

Frank,

 Pursuant to our discussion a few minutes ago, I just wanted to update and clarify for you the status of the Guillermo Rigondeaux visa matter.

As a fellow promoter, I know and respect that this is frustrating for you , and I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may be causing your March 12 event promotion. 

Rigondeaux went to Russia to train for the Dickens fight, and has been attempting to get his UK visa expedited there as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately they have encountered obstacles the past week or so due to a Russian Holiday that prevented the process from getting done.

Rigondeaux and his training team were at the embassy in Moscow again today trying to work on it, but unfortunately were unsuccessful. 

Please be assured that we will continue to work on this matter with all our efforts, and are hopeful that we can get this taken care of in time to get to Liverpool for the event.

I will contact you on Tuesday to keep you updated on the status.

 Best regards, Dino Duva

 

All parties are working extremely hard to resolve the situation to ensure that Rigondeaux receives his Visa and once confirmed a statement will be released via RocNation and Queensberry Promotions.

Guillermo Rigondeaux Fires Shots at Carl Frampton & Scott Quigg

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Pound-for-pound megastar Guillermo Rigondeaux took to Twitter over the weekend to vent his disgust at Carl Frampton’s anti-climax victory over super-bantamweight rival Scott Quigg. 

The hard-hitting Cuban was far from impressed at the pair’s cagey unification fight and sent out a series of tweets reiterating his desire to take on Frampton once he has beaten Merseyside hero Jazza Dickens, who he takes on at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday 12th March, exclusively live on BoxNation. 

The two-time Olympic Gold Medallist ran a poll on Friday night asking his followers if they thought the winner of Frampton versus Quigg would be “man enough” to fight him. 1,477 fight fans voted in the poll with a resounding 62% predicting that the winner would carry on avoiding the unbeaten superstar.

‘El Chacal’ once again branded his rivals as cowards for avoiding him stating: “After I fight @JazzaDickens10 the looser of #FramtonQuigg should fight him and the winner should stop running and fight me.”

Rigondeaux, 35, is determined to show the world that he is the true Super-Bantamweight king and on the morning of the fight told followers: “I don’t care who win 2nite. I only want for the winner to know I fight him anywhere anytime.”

With his lightening quick reactions and devastating hand speed, Rigondeaux has been one of the world’s most avoided boxers. The former unified Super-Bantamweight world champion again made it clear he wanted nothing more than to take on both Frampton and Quigg and urged them to give the public what they wanted.

He tweeted: “Just so #FramptonQuigg know. I still want to fight both of you. So STOP THINKING ABOUT A REMATH. FIGHT ME FIRST!”

 After Frampton’s showdown with Quigg failed to live up to the hype surrounding it, it appears boxing fans around the world would prefer to see the new unified world champion take on Rigondeaux with many people agreeing Saturday’s was too boring for a rematch.  

Cuba’s Rigondeaux was clearly unimpressed with the Northern Irishman’s performance and took a swipe at his rival’s boxing ability tweeting: “No wonder he is been running away from me 4 years. He can’t even box. Do you guys remember what happen 2 Nonito? Wait until I get his guy!”

Even Sky Sports boxing pundit Glen McCory said that he’d like to see the new two-belt champion take on Rigondeaux instead of taking a rematch. 

He said: “I’d like to see Frampton fight Rigondeaux. He’s regarded as number one and I think that’s a fight Carl should take.”

If Frampton is to prove he is the true Super-Bantamweight champion that he says he is then he must take on Rigondeaux to settle the score once and for all. Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren backed up Rigondeaux’s claim to be the best in the world after watching the slow burner. 

He said: “After all the hype, Frampton v Quigg fight failed to live up to expectations. The fans know that Rigondeaux is the genuine world champion and as he’s stated plenty of times he’d be happy to fight either of them, but now he’s after Frampton. Fans can see the real 122 pound world champion in action in Liverpool on Saturday 13th March.”

The avoided Cuban heaped more praise on his next opponent Dickens for taking the fight and advised Frampton and Quigg to take a leaf out of the gutsy Scouser’s book.

He tweeted: “The only of these guy that got my absolute respect 2day is @JazzaDickens10. He made no excuses. Hope these guy learn something from him.”

Terry Flanagan v Derry Mathews for the WBO World Lightweight Championship headlines the show that also features one of the worlds greatest boxers, Guillermo Rigondeaux, taking on Merseyside hero Jazza Dickens; another star of world boxing, dynamite punching South African Zolani Tete challenges for the Vacant IBF International Bantamweight Championship against Jose Santos Gonzalez; Birmingham ace Tommy Langford defends his WBO Intercontinental Middleweight title against Lewis Taylor; hard-hitting Ellesmere Port’s star Paul Butler will challenge for a championship belt; Blackpool’s Matty Askin defends his English Cruiserweight title against Swindon’s Lawrence Bennett.  The undercard features some of the best talent in Merseyside: undefeated leading world title contender Kevin Satchell; red-hot prospect Steven Lewis; European Champion Ryan Farrag; Indian superstar Vijender Singh plus Manchester prospects Macaulay McGowan and Zelfa Barrett and Leicester ace Lyon Woodstock complete the card.

Guillermo Rigondeaux vs Drian Francisco to be Featured on Cotto – Canelo Undercard

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LAS VEGAS (Nov. 14, 2015) – The night of Saturday, Nov. 21 is one for which many are predicting a showdown of epic proportions when Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) and Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) do battle at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. In addition to the already announced televised pay-per-view undercard bouts, warming fans up for the scintillating main event will be former WBA and WBO Super Bantamweight World Champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs) of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba against Filipino Drian Francisco (28-1-3, 22 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight bout.

The addition of Rigondeaux vs. Francisco, which is presented in association with Caribe Promotions, adds even more star power to the mega-event which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

“We are thrilled to add Guillermo Rigondeaux, one of boxing’s best pound for pound fighters, to what we believe is the biggest night in boxing this year,” said David Itskowitch, COO Boxing of Roc Nation Sports. “On Nov. 21, fans at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and those watching at home on HBO Pay-Per-View are in store for an event that will bring them even more bang for their buck with the addition of Rigondeaux vs. Drian Francisco. It’s a rare treat when three of boxing’s top ten pound for pound best fighters appear on the same telecast.”

“I’d like to thank Roc Nation Sports, as well as Golden Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions, Canelo Promotions, HBO, and Caribe Promotions for giving me the opportunity to be on one of the most anticipated Pay-Per-View cards of the year,” said Rigondeaux. “This is a great platform to take my career to the next level, and to showcase my talents on the big stage. While I’ve been sidelined for the past year, I am grateful for the opportunity to deliver a show to all the boxing fans that have supported me throughout this journey, and I look forward to delivering my best come fight night.”

“I’m elated to be able to fight in Las Vegas once more and against a great champion like Rigo,” said Francisco. “I want to make a statement and steal the show. I was prepared to fight this month and when the call came, I didn’t think twice about it. This is a great night to be part of on Nov. 21.”

Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux is widely considered to have been one the best amateur fighters of all time. His troph y case includes two Olympic Gold Medals (2000 and 2004 Olympics) and a seven Cuban National Championships. After amassing an astounding amateur record of nearly 475 fights with only 12 loses, Rigondeaux made his professional debut on May 22, 2009 against Juan Noriega in Miami scoring a third round technical knockout win. On Nov. 13, 2010, in just his seventh pro fight, Rigondeaux challenged Ricardo Cordoba for the vacant WBA Interim Super Bantamweight World Championship and left the ring with the belt after scoring a split decision victory. Four successful title defenses followed which included three knockouts. On April 3, 2013, Rigondeaux took on WBO and Ring Magazine World Champion Nonito Donaire at Radio City Music Hall in New York in a unification fight. Rigondeaux came away with the victory by unanimous decision after out landing and out punching Donaire throughout the fight to unify titles. In his last bout on Dec. 31, 2014, Rigondeaux traveled to Japan to face Tokyo’s Hisashi Amagasa. After getting knocked down in the seventh round, Rigondeaux scored a knockdown of his own in the ninth before scoring a technical knockout victory in the eleventh round.

Born in the province of Mindoro in The Philippines, Drian Francisco is known for his powerful punches and aggressive style. After growing up in the shadow of his father Joe, a former professional boxer, the 33-year-old made his professional debut on April 29, 2005 against Jessie Caballes and came away with a second round technical knockout victory. On Dec. 30, 2006, Francisco won the WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight Title over Pichitchai Twins Gym via a seventh round technical knockout and went on to defend that title against Wanmeechok Singwancha on Aug. 4, 2007. Francisco won the vacant WBA International Super Flyweight title on Oct. 3, 2009 against Roberto Vasquez with a tenth round technical knockout. On Nov. 30, 2010 he faced Duangpetch Kokietgym in Thailand for the WBA Interim Super Flyweight World Championship and came away with an impressive tenth round knockout victory. Since that fight, Francisco has won eight of 11 bouts, including his last outing on September 6 in which he scored a first round knockout win over Jilo Merlin in General Santos City in The Philippines.

Cotto vs. Canelo, a 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBC and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Championships, takes place Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The fight is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Golden Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra; Mexico, Live it to Believe it!; O’Reilly Auto Parts; Tequila Cazadores and Corporate Travel Made Simple (ctms). Also on the pay-per-view telecast will be Takashi Miura vs. Francisco Vargas in a 12-round co-featured fight for the WBC Super Featherweight World Championship presented in association with Teiken Promotions and Jayson Velez vs. Ronny Rios is a 10-round featherweight bout which will open the pay-per-view telecast. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT