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Rigondeaux’s manager wants Donaire rematch, Lomanchenko

The manager of RING junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux is looking for a big fight off the heels of his dominant victory over Joseph Agbeko last week.

Just not too big.

Gary Hyde, who manages the two-time Olympic gold medalist from Cuba, said that Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 knockouts) will rest for the holidays at his home in Miami, Fla. before looking into negotiations for an April return.

Hyde says they are looking into the possibility of moving up to featherweight, while preferring a rematch against Nonito Donaire Jr., or fellow two-time gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko.

There’s just one catch.

“’Rigo’ will fight any 122 or 126 fighter once we can agree that they will not weigh over 135 on fight night,” said Hyde, who himself hails from Ireland.

Rigondeaux, 33, beat Donaire by unanimous decision in their first meeting in April to unify the WBO and RING titles with the WBA belt he had already held.

Lomachenko, 25, of Ukraine, is just 1-0, but will likely challenge WBO featherweight titleholder Orlando Salido on March 1, according to a report by ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael last month.

Rigondeaux had previously told the Miami Herald that he would be willing to face Donaire in a rematch with a catchweight of 123 pounds, with a clause that he not rehydrate more than 10 pounds overnight.

An email to Lomachenko’s manager Egis Klimas was not immediately returned.

Rigondeaux is promoted jointly by Top Rank and Florida-based Caribe Promotions. Both Donaire and Lomachenko are promoted by Top Rank.

Over the weekend, Rigondeaux dominated the former IBF bantamweight titleholder Agbeko in Atlantic City, N.J., winning all 12 rounds on all three scorecards.

“I thought his performance on Saturday night was flawless,” said Hyde. “’Rigo’ always shows me something new and against Agbeko he showed how he can neutralize whatever his opponent brings. The fans were disappointed that Agbeko was afraid to make a fight of it.

“Anyone who has fought Rigo will confirm that he hits exceptionally hard.”

The performance moved him up two spots on THE RING’s pound-for-pound list from No. 10 to No. 8.



Photo / Chris Farina-Top Rank

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