Ireland’s connection to the greatest amateur of all time is no more.
Cuban amateur sensation and current WBA and WBO super bantamweight World champ Guillermo Rigondeaux relationship with Cork manager and promoter Gary Hyde has ended.
The two time Olympic gold medal winner informed Boxing Scene via a statement that his contract with Hyde had ended and that he will now be listening to offers from several managers before moving forward.
Hyde helped ‘Rigo’ defect from Cuba after meeting the slick hitter in the 2001 World championships in Belfast, before guiding the Cuban to World title success since signing terms in 2007.
Rigondeaux, who defeated Willie Casey in Ireland in 2011 and via Hyde was regularly linked with Carl Frampton, became a victim of his own ring success and became one of the most avoided punchers on the planet. Indeed the Cuban became the ‘high risk low reward’ poster boy.
As a result he has endured a frustrating time over the last number of years unable to secure the big fights and thus stage his sensational talents deserve.
The Hyde and Cork link always ensured an Irish interest in the talented super batamweight and while that connection is no more Irish fight fans will most likely continue to follow the ring master.