Guillermo Rigondeaux added to Cotto-Kirkland card

25/01/2017 17:29

WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) will fight mandatory challenger Moises Flores (25-0, 17 KOs) on February 25 at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

Rigondeaux is coming off a stoppage win over James Dickens in Wales last June. The Cuban retained his WBA belt after breaking Dickens' jaw in the second round with a huge left hand. The Welshman was forced to retire at the end of the round.

The 36-year-old Rigondeaux, widely regarded to be one of the greatest amateur boxers of all time, has been hugely inactive, fighting only once in both 2015 and 2016, and is looking forward to being back in action on the undercard of Miguel Cotto vs James Kirkland.

"I’m very excited, it’s my first fight back in the states in over a year. I want to show the world and my loyal fans that I am still one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world," said Rigondeaux. "I will be defending my title on February 25. I’d like to thank Moises Flores for having the courage to face me in the ring. He is a tough fighter and will have all his fans in Texas cheering for him. It’s going to be a battle so fans, get ready to see me in action."

Mexico's Flores won the WBA interim belt with a points win over Oscar Escandon and has defended it twice, including going to Namibia and outpointing former WBO bantamweight champion Paulus Ambunda last June.

"I’m very excited to be facing Guillermo Rigondeaux on February 25,” said Flores. "I’m training hard and look forward to making the Mexican fans proud when I defeat the great Rigondeaux."