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21 OCTOBER 2018

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Rigondeaux Does Little But Eases Past Drian

By Marc Livitz: Las Vegas, NV - Guillermo Rigondeaux showed up, laid low and shut down Francisco Drian in a very uneventful and unmemorable bout as part of the Cotto versus Canelo undercard in the featherweight division. The Cuban boxing sensation showed why his amateur background translated into a superb defensive style, but it did little for the crowd at the Mandalay Bay Event Center who were planted in their seats in the hopes of if not a war, at least one on par with the one they’d seen a half hour or so before.


The 35 year old Rigondeaux (16-0, 10 KO’s) was patient in the opening moments of the contest. He was looking to time Francisco’s action and land his straight left. Drian pawed at his Cuban opponent with his left and looked to be thinking away in regard to just how to get to him. Guillermo connected with a double overhand left to close the period. The action or more to the point, the inaction was going unappreciated by the crowd at Mandalay Bay as a few scattered boos were beginning be heard.


Francisco (28-4-1, 22 KO’s) was chasing Guillermo throughout much of the second. Rigondeaux’s right jab was controlling matters quite well. Round three was much of the same as the look on the face of Drian appeared to one of frustration. "El Chacal" was presenting a puzzle that Francisco wasn’t really looking to solve. A brief tie up in the middle of the fourth involved a few body shots from each side. The crowd continued to boo away. Rigondeaux was clearly on the winning side but was in no way being pushed to outperform himself or his Filipino adversary. He was doing enough, which just so happened to be much more.


Francisco’s desire to implant his come-forward style was being easily nullified by his Cuban foe with the classic fighting approach. Rigo’s right jab kept Drian at arm’s length. Few thrown punches meant even fewer landed ones. The second half of the contest began to almost a photocopy of what had transpired in the previous fifteen minutes of the clash. The aggravation on the face of Francisco was glaring for all to see as the sixth closed. He tried to get Guillermo to fight during pockets of the seventh, but of course this was to no avail.


Rigo showed more movement throughout the ring in the eighth, much due to the fact that as before, Drian Francisco was following. A few flashes of a fight surfaced here and there, but Guillermo was simply beating his overmatched foe as opposed to beating him up. He could if he wanted but he just wasn’t showing the brilliance we all knew he had. Rigondeaux didn’t seem to let this bother him through nine rounds. On to the last round the fight would go. A bout involving one of the world’s top defensive fighters was likely a good time for a snack bar run for those in attendance in Vegas.


A solid right landed by Francisco in the tenth, maybe enough to lose a nine rounds to one landslide as opposed to a clean sweep. The judges saw the bout as follows: 97-93 and the other two at 100-90. Guillermo "El Chacal" Rigondeaux picked up the WBC silver international featherweight with the victory.


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November 21, 2015







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