Guillermo Rigondeaux denied UK Visa to fight Jazza Dickens

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The cancellation of the proposed fight between Guillermo Rigondeaux and Jazza Dickens, scheduled to take place on Saturday night (March 12) at the Echo Arena has left a real sour taste to many fans excited to see a genuine elite level fighter on British shores.

The fight which would act as chief-support to Terry Flanagan's defence of his WBO lightweight world championship against Derry Mathews has been called off due to Rigondeaux's failure to obtain a Visa which would allow him entry to the U.K.

The Cuban defector, who has been relatively inactive recently - having fought only once in the last 15 months - would have found significant exposure to UK fight fans, especially in the wake of the recent Carl Frampton-Scott Quigg showdown for the IBF and WBA super-bantamweight championships.


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Rigondeaux recently proposed that he wished to fight the winner, as well as cementing his claim he is the best super-bantamweight on the planet, an assumption widely shared by many boxing purists.

Indeed, the fight between Carl Frampton and Guillermo Rigondeaux is the most glamorous fight on the cards in the super-bantamweight division, and the WBA, whose 'super' belt is held by Frampton, has ordered him to face Rigondeaux, their 'champion in recess' before July 27.

The fight with Dickens, which Rigondeaux was the overwhelming favourite to win, would have provided a pre-cursor to the potential summer showdown with the immensely popular Belfast fighter who remains undefeated, following his split-decision win over Quigg in February.

Rigondeaux remains arguably the most commonly avoided fighter in the world, along with fellow Cuban Erislandy Lara, so the possibility of the fight taking place is still very much in the pipeline, and the option for Frampton to move up into the featherweight division to fight former super-bantamweight rival Leo Santa Cruz remains an increasingly lucrative option.

The circumstances surrounding the cancellation of the fight and the failure to obtain a Visa remains clouded. Warren released a statement detailing the situation, clarifying that there was no fault on Queensbury Promotion's behalf, and that there has been constant discussion between the company and the companies responsible for promoting Rigondeaux; Caribe Promotions and RocNation Sports.

Rigondeaux's team attempted to obtain his Visa from the UK Visa Application Centre in Russia, where Rigondeaux was training because his trainer, Pedro Diaz was also preparing for Ruslan Chagaev's WBA Heavyweight Championship defence against Lucas Browne on March 5.

Warren wrote: "We are all extremely disappointed by the whole situation as Rigondeaux will not appear this Saturday and Dickens will not get the chance, that he has trained so hard for, to fight the world’s best Super-Bantamweight in front of his own fans."

What this means for Rigondeaux is clear. His allusiveness within the ring, has now been compounded by his allusiveness outside of it. A big opportunity has been squandered, and the chance to fight on BoxNation, in front of a packed Liverpool fight crowd has been lost.

Rigondeaux remains an elite level fighter, with an amateur pedigree that includes two Olympic gold medals, as well as a perfect professional record. His accomplishments are endless but his transition into the mainstream has been complex, largely because of the slow, sedated pace of his fights.

And at the age of 35, father time may catch up with the Cuban superstar. Hopefully, the super fights that his skill deserves are made soon and Frampton could just be the start of something very spectacular.

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