After more than a year of silence, former super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux finally made noise last weekend, capping his highly-awaited boxing return with an oozing technical knockout victory.
“El Chacal” returned to actions on Sunday and faced journeyman Giovanni Delgado in a junior featherweight fight. Coming off a sorry loss to Vasyl Lomachenko a year ago, the Cuban legend turned to his knockout power to finish his opponent in just three minutes en route to his first win since 2017.
El Chacal Is Back!
Guillermo Rigondeaux made a return trip to the boxing ring on Sunday after over a year of hiatus. He last saw actions in December 2017, where he bowed to Vasyl Lomachenko for the WBO junior lightweight title.
Since losing to the Ukranian star, Rigondeaux has opted to stay silent about his next move on his career. Many thought that his last two defeats might push him to hang up his gloves. But showing that he still has plenty of gas in the tank, the 38-year old world champion came back to professional boxing and immediately barged to the win column.
The ex-super bantamweight kingpin made quick work of Giovanni Delgado at the PBC on FSI prelim card as he stopped him with a killer overhand left just before the bell went off in the opening round.
Rigondeaux may not be 100% back on his vintage form, but the power was still there and was enough to dispatch a younger opponent in Delgado. “El Chacal” improved his professional record to 18-1-1 and snapped a two-fight losing streak.
Watch Rigondeaux as he hammered Delgado’s face with his brutal left hand in the video below:
Just before the bell @rigoelchacal305 lands a nasty left hook to KO Giovanni Delgado in RD1. #Rigondeaux improves his record to 18-1 with 12 KOs. #PBConFS1 #RigondeauxDelgado pic.twitter.com/cnficAPtbn
— PBC (@premierboxing) January 14, 2019
“Back Like I Never Left”
Rigondeaux said in a post-fight interview that fans had seen nothing yet after a masterful victory over Delgado. He said he is staying in the super bantamweight division and wants to take on the best boxers at 122.
“I came prepared ready to face people who are undefeated. … Whoever has a belt, I’m taking it,”
In his latest social media post, the two-time Olympic gold medalist stressed that he is back like he never left and is looking forward to stepping into the ring again for his next assignment.
“Back like I never left. Thanks for watching, can’t wait to be back again. Autism is our fight now. Gracias a los mejores.”
PBC on FS1 fight card results:
CALEB PLANT def. JOSE UZCATEGUI by UD (116-110, 116-110, 115-111)
JOEY SPENCER def. BRANDON HARDER by TKO (1:27 of Round 2)
BRANDON FIGUEROA def. MOISES FLORES by TKO (1:35 of Round 3)
Guillermo Rigondeaux def. Giovanni Delgado by TKO (Round 1)
JOEY SPENCER def. BRANDON HARDER by KO (Round 2)
AHMED ELBIALI def ALLAN GREEN by TKO (ROund 3)
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