Unified super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux returns to the ring on Saturday night when he faces unheralded Thai challenger—and Spell Check demon—Sod (Kokietgym) Looknongyantoy in a scheduled 12. But Rigondeaux, widely considered one of the best fighters in the world, will not be lacing up under the bright lights of a Las Vegas arena or ripping off southpaw combinations in front of HBO cameras. No, “El Chacal” has to scurry all the way to Macau, China, to work his snooze act and his latest title defense will be aired via tape delay on UniMás.
This is not the first time Rigondeaux, 13-0 with 8 knockouts, has been banished to the outer limits. In 2011, after racing from one side of the ring to the other against Ricardo Cordoba and bringing out every hoot, catcall, hiss and jeer ever recorded by mankind, Rigondeaux had to accept a match in Dublin against a woebegone Irishman named Willie Casey in a fight that could only be seen in the U.S. via internet. Now he faces Looknongyantoy, whose 63-2-1 record says a lot about the number of rickshaw drivers in Thailand who moonlight as heavybags. Read “The Outer Limits: Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux Fights Far Away in Macau, China Tomorrow Night” on Remezcla.