Rigondeaux or Flores in Super Bantamweight Unification Fight?

Guillermo Rigondeaux (-700) vs Moises Flores (+525), Draw (+3300)

WBA and lineal super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) is one of the most avoided fighters in boxing, and it’s not hard to understand why. The undefeated Cuban makes for one of the toughest opponents in the sport, but his fights hardly bring in any money.

For his opponents, that makes for a terrible combination: a high-risk fight for very little reward. However, he’s found a willing opponent in IBO super bantamweight champ Moises Flores (25-0, 17 KOs), whom he’ll face on June 17.

In a just world, the fight would be a headlining event. But as is usually the case for Rigondeaux, the super bantamweight unification fight will occur as an undercard bout, this time on Ward vs Kovalev II.

Rigondeaux is one of the greatest amateur boxers of all time, winning two Olympic gold medals and countless national championships. He’s one of the most technically gifted fighters to grace the sport and is undoubtedly one of the best pound-for-pound fighters around.

In his most recent fight, Rigondeaux stopped Jazza Dickens in the second round after shattering his jaw with a heavy left hook. Prior to that, he picked the heavy-hitting Drian Francisco apart in a ten-round bout.

Moises Flores is a little-known opponent who has fought most of his career in his home of Jalisco, Mexico. This will be just his sixth fight outside of Mexico and by far his toughest opponent to date.

At 5 feet 9 inches, he’s exceptionally tall for a super bantamweight, yet he packs enormous power. He likes to brawl, and if the fight turns into a slugfest, he’ll have the upper hand.

That’s not how Rigondeaux fights, though. The Cuban is an extremely measured and calculated fighter who prefers to outbox his opponents rather than trade blows.

The 30-year-old Flores has a size and power advantage over the 36-year-old Rigondeaux. But the former amateur champion has a boxing IQ like none other. His level of technical proficiency is unrivaled, and it will end up being too much for Flores to handle.

Pick: Guillermo Rigondeaux (-700)

Eaton Thatcher

Eaton used to write for MTS predominantly about boxing but also about soccer, football, tennis and basketball.

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