Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (18-1, 12KOs) is one fight away from a WBC title shot. On Sunday, June 23, he will be colliding with Julio “Pollito” Ceja (32-,3 28KOs) at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Ceja is the #1 ranked boxer in the WBC rankings in the junior featherweight division. A win for Rigondeaux means a shot at greatness again, a shot becoming champion. The fight has been designed by the WBC as a final title eliminator for the junior featherweight title.
This is Rigondeaux’s second fight since losing to Vasyl Lomachenko (13-1, 10KOs) in embarrassing fashion back in 2017. That fight took place at super featherweight, and some people thought it would be the end of Rigo. He took some time off and has come back looking to reestablish himself in the division where he made his name. Rigo is still an impressive talent, and he should win this fight against Ceja. He’s still fast, his defense is still good, and his power is still there. He showcased that in his last fight, knocking out Giovanni Delgado in the first round.
Ceja is an explosive fighter, who dons an 80% KO ratio. With that being said, he’s tailor made for a slick, but powerful boxer like Rigondeaux. If you watch some one Ceja’s previous bouts, you’ll see he’s good, but nowhere near great. Ceja has been knocked out twice before. Even at 38 years old, Rigondeaux will be Ceja’s best opponent and biggest challenge. Ceja is coming off a loss, in which he was stopped by Franklin Manzanilla (18-5, 17KOs). That says it all. Him and Rigo are not in the same class so to speak.
Rigondeaux should win this fight with ease. I can see him getting the knockout in the early to mid rounds. The big question everyone is asking is “Does Rigo have enough left in the tank to make a late career comeback, and go on one last winning streak?” Can he make one last championship run? I think he can. Rey Vargas (33-0, 22KOs) is the current WBC Junior Featherweight Champ. It would be a good fight, a true test to see if Rigondeaux still has it. Depending on if and/or how he beats Vargas will dictate how much of a comeback we could see from him. He now has respected boxing trainer, Ronnie Shields in his corner. In the Delgado fight, we could already see some differences. Mainly, that Rigo was going to the body, something he has rarely done in his career. Working with Shields makes it much more plausible that Rigo can go on a run.
This fight will be co-featured on the Charlo vs. Cota card. FOX PBC Fight Night coverage begins at 8pm EST on FOX. The Prelims will begin at 7pm EST where we will see undefeated prospect Chris “Lil B-Hop” Colbert (11-0, 4KOs) take on Puerto Rico’s Alberto “Transformer” Mercado (16-2-1 3KOs) in what should be a good fight. Fans can stream the PBC shows on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps or at FOXSports.com. In addition, all programs are available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.