Rigondeaux knocks out Flores in controversial ending to fight

Rigondeaux knocks out Flores in controversial ending to fight

By Danny Z | Senior Writer

Published: June 17, 2017


LAS VEGAS - In an unusual turn of events, Guillermo Rigondeaux retained his WBA super bantamweight title after landing a knockout blow that initially looked after the bell against Mexico's Moises Flores from the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.

The bout, which was the co-feature to the rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev, only lasted the standard three minutes as Rigondeaux and Flores were engaging as the seconds ticked away on the clock. Rigondeaux, 36, connected with a sweeping left hook just as referee Vic Drakulich was in motion to step in between both fighters to call an end to the initial round. Flores looked like he dropped his hands after hearing the bell, however, Rigondeaux (18-0, 12 KOs) kept punching in what was eventually ruled as a legal shot that gave the fighter from Cuba the 18th victory of his career. 

The concluding blow (as seen at the top) collapsed Flores (25-1, 17 KOs) to his back with his arms extended. Rigondeaux immediately went to the corner and jumped on the ropes with his hands in the air. It took about 15 mins following the knockout for an official ruling from the Nevada State Athletic Commission to be announced by the legendary MIchael Buffer -- who stated that the punch was said to be legal and the victory was given to the former gold medalist from Cuba. The issue will likely be examined further by the State Athletic Commission, which could end up giving Rigondeaux a disqualification loss or have the bout be ruled as a no contest. 

“It’s not fair. It’s clear that the bell rang. He didn’t throw a punch the whole round. I was winning the round and he waited for after the bell to throw a punch when I dropped my hands down.”
— Moises Flores

Nonetheless, in the post fight interview Rigondeaux stated that he is open to fight anyone -- including 130 pound world title holder, Vasyl Lomachenko. Both of these fighters have been trash talking each other back and forth on social media throughout the last several months, as a potential matchup between these respective former Olympic athletes would surely be as competitive as a fight could potentially be. 

I am making everyone dissapear at 122. I am always available. Tell me who is next. I want all of them, and I will take them out one by one. I hope the whole world sees what it is like to get in the ring with me. I am tired of the press and everyone saying I am boring. You see what happens when someone brings the fight to me?”
— Guilleromo Rigondeaux

(Feature photo: HBO Boxing)

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