Guillermo Rigondeaux takes on Mexican Moises Flores in a 12-round super bantamweight title bout which is part of the undercard of Ward-Kovalev 2 on June 17th, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This fight features two unbeaten fighters with years of ring experience and world title bouts. Rigondeaux and Flores will dispute the WBA (Super), Lineal and IBO super bantamweight titles.
Two Unbeaten Fighters
Rigondeaux enters the fight with an unblemished 17-0 record with 11 KOs . The Jackal is a 5-4 southpaw who has tremendous defensive skills and who controls the ring very well. Although Rigo is now 36 years old, he has not shown any signs of slowing down. He is coming off a second round stoppage win over Jazza Dickens last July. This will be Rigondeaux’s 10th defense of the super bantamweight titles which he won from Rico Ramos in 2012.
Flores is likewise an unbeaten fighter with a record of 25-0 with 17 KOs. Like Rigondeaux, he is coming off a long layoff as his last fight was a June 2016 unanimous decision win over Paulus Ambunda. He is a free swinger who likes to let his hands fly from start to finish. He has knocked out seven of his last 11 opponents. The 30-year old Flores has a 5 inch height and 1 inch reach advantage over Rigondeaux. Even if he is the underdog here, don’t expect Flores to be gun-shy on fight night.
An Offensive Fight
Rigondeaux is a -800 favorite against Flores who is currently pegged at +500. That looks like a mismatch but this is one heck of an undercard fight. It’s going to be an offensive fight with Flores’ aggressive style and Rigondeaux’s power. No disrespect but Guillermo Rigondeaux is hands down the best super bantamweight in the business.
Call him boring, but it’s almost impossible to bet against him given his experience and skills. He may not be getting any younger but he is still the man to beat. Both Rigo’s offense and defense are elite and he would make Flores miss a lot. When the Mexican lunges forward, he will be open to Rigondeaux’s beautiful counters.
It’s going to be hard for Moises Flores to find the target and he’s going to get countered all night long once he gets frustrated. It’s going to be another boxing clinic for the Jackal. We’re picking Rigondeaux to win by a wide points margin or late stoppage.