Guillermo Rigondeaux was derided in some circles following his masterful display of pugilism against Nonito Donaire at Radio City Music Hall on April 13. He won a unanimous decision but turned off some fans, and even some of the people who decide whether to buy and televise fights.
His hit-and-not-be-hit manner, which sometimes can appear as if he cares more about not getting hit than landing offense, is, arguably, a more difficult style to own while trying to climb the ladder of success and earning power.
Ours is not a subtle age, and masterful pugilism isn't universally embraced by a society with an attention span of a fruit fly.
Rigo, a Cuban defector, appears to be aware that he needs to fight in a more fan-friendly fashion if he is to be offered the sort of megabuck matchups he craves. His manager Gary Hyde, based in Ireland, tells me that Rigo will be looking to send a message to his Bronx-based foe, Joseph Agbeko, that he can concentrate on offense and wreak havoc to head and body from the get-go.
Yes, Hyde maintains, Rigo will be a punisher Dec. 7 in Atlantic City, site TBA, against Agbeko.
"Agbeko is a good fight for Rigo," Hyde said. "He's a come-forward, action-packed little fighter, and Rigo has a statement to make Dec. 7, so Joseph will suffer the consequences."
Pedro Diaz will be back in Rigo's camp and corner, Hyde said.