When Danger Awaits on HBO: Chucky Flores Building a Nightmare for Rigondeaux
Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
*Photo Credit: Victor O. Garcia, Real Combat Media
Las Vegas, NV (June 17th, 2017)– At 25-0 with 17 knockouts, Moises ‘Chucky’ Flores, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, could be building a nightmare for Guillermo Rigondeaux tonight, Saturday June 17, 2017, in the preliminary to the main event on HBO at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. While all eyes have been focused on the rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev, they better not blind-because both fights figure to be action packed.
Flores is 30 years old. The southpaw Rigondeaux 17-0 with 11 knockouts, Miami, Florida, by way of Santiago de Cuba, is approaching 37 years of age. The World Boxing Association Super World Super Bantamweight and International Boxing Organization World Super Bantamweight titles will be at stake in this titular unification match to determine the number one overall pro boxer in the world at 122 pounds (55 kilograms).
To win, Flores has to land his jabs and body shots all day on Rigondeaux, and work the body to take Rigondeaux’s old legs out of the equation. FLores has to concentrate on the body in the first half of the fight. In the later rounds, Flores has to start mixing it up with power punches, get Rigondeaux on the ropes and work the body, and hopefully start to get in some head shots at the point. You have got to hit the body for the head to become vulnerable.
Rigondeaux, boxing style notwithstanding, has to do what he does best-simply box masterfully, and not get lured into exchanges. Rigondeaux has to box meticulously and consistently for all 12 rounds, keeping Flores out of range and putting rounds in the bank. If the bout goes into the later rounds, and Flores is behind on points
The bout is going into the later rounds because Rigondeaux, as a general rule, does not get hit that much, and his fights against top notch fighters tend to drag into the later rounds. That being said, if Flores does comes in and executes the correct game plan, and does good body work on Rigondeaux, in the early rounds, and words his body hard, he has a chance of getting to Rigondeaux in the later rounds. If he manages to slow Rigondeaux down. Both fighters have been out of the ring for over a year, and a slight edge will go to the fighter who has been more gym active during the layoff period, Flores or Rigondeaux. A could of knockdowns or penalty points could affect the outcome in a close contest.
Prediction: Flores by 12 round decision if he gets to Rigondeaux and is the more effective of the two boxers in the early rounds, or Rigondeux by 12 round decision if Guillermo outboxes Flores while maintaining a tight defense. The bout could very well go majority decision or split decision, given the close matchup of the two combatants, and the styles of boxing the two men bring to the table. Ridondeaux must have good legs, because Flores is going to test his stamina, speed, skill and durability. If Rigondeaux is not careful, Chucky Flores could be building a 12 round nightmare. If Rigondeaux gets caught on the ropes against his younger, agile, sharp opponent, who is also a champion, Rigondeaux could be in trouble-so ‘Guillermo The Jackal’ better keep moving, finding his openings, scoring, and keeping one step ahead. The stakes are at their highest danger level yet for Rigondeaux, who may not know it until the opening bell rings.
This bout is, like Kovalev versus Ward II, quite real. The odds are one of these two bouts could emerge at the fight of the year for 2017 to this point. Flores, RIgondeaux, Ward or Kovalev would really have to prove it to get praise like that. It’s very possible one will.
If can be hard to motivate oneself for a boring boxer like Rigondeaux, but Rigondeaux, like GGG (getting ready for Saul Alvarez now), is getting older now. Sort of like the adage ‘Catch Me If You Can’, sooner or later, boxers like Rigondeaux and GGG will get caught by a hungry wolf if they stick around too long. Tonight will tell if this was one fight too soon for the 25-0 Flores, or one fight too many for the 17-0 36-year-old Rigondeaux.