Reigning WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) will face WBA interim titleholder Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-0, 17 KOs) in a long-awaited mandatory 12-round WBA title defense that will tarnish one fighter’s perfect record. Rigondeaux vs. Flores has officially been added to the Pay-Per-View undercard of Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 17. The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
“It will be a night of great boxing that fans will not want to miss out on. Some say I'm not exciting but it's not my fault that once my opponents feel my power, they start running and stop throwing punches.” said Rigondeaux. “Regardless of that, I'm going to give them what they want. I will be standing in the middle of the ring toe-to-toe and putting on a show for the fans.”
“I will be ready to exhibit why I am one of the best pound-for-pound boxers and the world's best at 122 pounds,” continued Rigondeaux. “I’m ready to give fans the best fight out there, and the best is to come the evening of June 17.”
“I'm very excited to have my world title fight with Guillermo Rigondeaux rescheduled for Saturday, June 17 on HBO Pay-Per-View,” said Flores. “I never stopped my preparations from the original date and look forward to making the Mexican fans proud when I defeat the great Rigondeaux.”
Rigondeaux was one of the most celebrated amateur boxers in Cuba before defecting and making his professional debut on May 22, 2009 in Miami. High expectations had no ill effect on the Cuban as he tore through his next five opponents. On Nov. 13, 2010, in just his seventh pro fight, Rigondeaux faced Ricardo Cordoba for the vacant interim WBA World Super Bantamweight title and left the ring with the belt after scoring a split-decision victory.
El Chacal then turned his attention to supremacy in the 122-pound division and accomplished what many considered the unthinkable by knocking out WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion Rico Ramos on Jan. 20, 2012, becoming a world champion in fewer than 10 professional bouts. On April 13, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Rigondeaux scored his biggest victory to date by defeating WBO and Ring Magazine World Champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaire. Rigondeaux came away with the victory by unanimous decision after out-landing and out-punching Donaire throughout the fight to unify titles.
Flores learned the fight game growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, and spent the early years of his professional career building up his résumé in his home country. Now established as a title contender at 122 pounds, Flores looks to climb to the top of the division with his considerable talent.
Flores made his pro debut in August 2008 with a second-round knockout of Oswaldo Salgado in Guadalajara, Mexico. He fought exclusively in Mexico over the first six years of his career and made quick work of most of his opponents. Flores made his U.S. debut in September 2014, winning a six-round unanimous decision over Pablo Batres in Texas. He then gained a seventh-round technical knockout of Mexican veteran Mario Macias in Tulsa, Okla., in November 2014. That victory set up a 122-pound title shot against interim WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion Oscar Escandon in Carson, Calif., in April 2015. In an electrifying, all-action brawl, Flores earned a split-decision victory to win the title.
The pair will now square off prior to the highly anticipated rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev on June 17 in Las Vegas.