Glenn Robinson, manager and owner of the Blackzilians, today revealed that Guillermo Rigondeaux, two-time Olympic gold medalist and WBA Super bantamweight boxing champion is now a Blackzilian and has been quietly training with the Delray Beach-based team of professional fighters at JACO Hybrid Training Center since for a month.
“The addition of Guillermo Rigondeaux to the Blackzilians is profound in so many ways, and is one of many changes I’ve made recently,” said Robinson. “As a world class boxer, Rigondeaux brings the team unmatched skills, experience and ideas in all aspects of their training. He joined the Blackzilians along with Dr. Pedro Diaz, our new boxing coach, and everyone on the team is already seeing and feeling the benefits. We are thrilled to have Rigondeaux on the team and especially to watch his title unification fight April 13.”
“This is the most important fight of my life, and I couldn’t feel more welcome at JACO Hybrid Training Center or more comfortable with the Blackzilians,” said Rigondeaux. “With Pedro Diaz and Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Tyrone Spong and all of these other elite fighters around me, I am experiencing the most challenging, intense and intelligent training camp ever in my career. I am proud to be the first Blackzilian to represent the sport of boxing and I hope to bring home to the team two championship titles in April.”
Rigondeaux is a seven time Cuban national champion in boxing’s bantamweight division (54 kg.). He earned gold in Boxing at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and again in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He has over 400 amateur fights on his record, with only 12 losses. Rigondeaux chose to leave his native Cuba in 2009 to become a professional boxer and quickly rose to prominence, capturing the WBC Bantamweight title. He remains undefeated at 8-0-0 with eight knockouts. He fights WBO Champion Nonito Donaire on April 13 at Radio City Music Hall, in a title unification fight that will be televised live on HBO.