- Rigondeaux vs Solis goes Saturday, December 21st at 8:00 pm EST
- Can Rigondeaux reinvent himself as he enters uncharted territory?
- Can Solis score arguably the biggest name win of his career?
Rigondeaux vs Solis is a co-main event with some bantamweight hardware as the prize both are vying for. Premier Boxing Champions is promoting the 12-round bout which is set to take place at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, California.
The two are fighting for a vacant WBA secondary title. This bout is set up to be a title eliminator and will add a compelling dynamic to the contendership hierarchy heading into 2020. Some Christmas combat to end 2019 off on a high note. Check out the odds for this fight and my analysis of Rigondeaux vs Solis below.
Rigondeaux vs Solis Odds
Odds taken Dec. 17
Rigondeaux is making a unique weight class switch in the name of capturing more gold. Most of his career has been spent as a junior featherweight but Rigondeaux is looking at a new division. The three-time world titleholder and Olympic gold medalist is looking to add some more accolades to his already impressive legacy.
Solis looks to make sure that Rigondeaux does not have a smooth transition between weight divisions. Guillermo Rigondeaux is making a move to reaffirm to fans that he is a pound for pound top talent in the world. I think he’ll do just that.
Rigondeaux Rules the Ring
Solis captured a super flyweight belt in 2013 during a stretch where he went unbeaten across 14 bouts. The former WBA and IBF world champion enters this Rigondeaux fight on the heels of a five-fight winning streak. Solis’ last two world title bids did not prove to be fruitful but perhaps third time’s the charm on Saturday night.
Rigondeaux has rebounded well from a demoralizing loss to pound for pound great Lomachenko. He now has back to back wins with the latest Rigondeaux W coming in the form of his victory over Ceja in June.
Guillermo Rigondeaux wins with a stunning left hand 💥
The Cuban secured an eighth-round stoppage victory against Julio Ceja, in their WBC super bantamweight title eliminator 🥊👏🏼
— RICO_Boxing (@RICO_Boxing1) June 24, 2019
Both men are in their late thirties but aren’t showing as much in terms of physical wear and tear. It has almost lent itself to the two just having superior fight IQs and a greater sense of the subtle nuances of prizefighting. The ring savvy of both has many pundits and fans expecting a fun fight on paper.
Solis has a very slight reach advantage but I think Rigondeaux’s southpaw stance is worth examining. I can see his unique use of footwork and angles giving Solis fits as Rigondeaux will be able to maximize hitting while minimizing getting hit.
Rigondeaux vs Solis Tale of the Tape
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Looking at the last few fights both men have had, the edge in terms of strength of schedule unequivocally goes to Rigondeaux. Solis has nine years of extra pro experience than Rigondeaux. The amateur experience of a multi-time Olympic gold medalist gives the edge to Rigondeaux though who has close to 500 amateur bouts to his credit.
He likely has far more title career fights, across amateur and pro, than Solis has. Solis has never been knocked out across five career defeats but I think that will change this weekend. I see Rigondeaux getting a TKO victory inside eight rounds when Rigondeaux vs Solis goes down.
Pick: Guillermo Rigondeaux (-1000)