Guillermo Rigondeaux Biography 2022 - Cuban Boxer

Guillermo Rigondeaux Biography - Cuban Boxer

Guillermo Rigondeaux has won several battles in his career. Image Source: Guillermo Rigondeaux Instagram.

Guillermo Rigondeaux is a renowned Cuban professional boxer who won his first medal when he was 19 years old. He is a seven-time Cuban National Champion who has won back-to-back WBO Super Bantamweight Title. Since the starting of his career, Guillermo has had much success and has gained fame.

Rigondeaux has been able to amass a considerable amount of fortune in his boxing career. He is a married man and is blessed with a son. He goes by the nickname El Chacal ("The Jackal") Rigo. Now, let us learn more about Guillermo Rigondeaux's biography and his professional career.

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Early Life and Education

Guillermo Rigondeaux was born Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz on September 30, 1980. He was born and brought up in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. Further information about siblings is unknown about the boxer as he likes to keep his personal life out of the spotlight.

According to ESPN, his mother died while he was in the United States, and his father disowned him for being disloyal to the Revolution. Plus Guillermo also has not revealed much information regarding his education.

Wife and Children

Guillermo is a married man. Guillermo Rigondeaux's wife's name is Farah Colina. They are blessed with two sons, one of them is named Nijash Rigondeaux. His other son's name is Cesar. According to SunSentinel, in the year 2007, when his family was going through their residence problems, Rigondeaux's wife was vocal about it. 

He has kept his personal life out of the spotlight, so there is no information regarding how they met and more. However, going through his Instagram post, we can see that he loves his family and is proud of his children.


Since the start of his career, Guillermo Rigondeaux has come a long way now. Guillermo has set good records of his boxing matches Let's see how he has flourished in the game.

Amateur Career

Before starting his professional boxing career, Guillermo was already fighting in the amateur stage. During his amateur career, he won gold medals in the Bantamweight division at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics. Here's the table showing the Olympic results of 2000 and 2004 Guillermo, during his amateur career:

2000 2004
Defeated Moez Zemzeni (Tunisia) KO 1 Round of 32: Defeated Liu Yuan of China- PTS (21-7)
Defeated Kazumasa Tsujimoto (Japan) RSC 3 Round of 16: Defeated Mehar Ullah of Pakistan- RSC 3
Defeated Agasi Agaguloglu (Azerbaijan) 14-5 Quarterfinals: Defeated Gennady Kovalev of Russia- PTS (20-5)
Defeated Clarence Vinson (United States) 18-6 Semifinals: Defeated Bahodirjon Sooltonov of Uzbekistan- PTS (27-13)
Defeated Raimkul Malakhbekov (Russia) 18-12 Gold Medal Match: Defeated Worapoj Petchkoom of Thailand- PTS (22-13)

Besides these, Guillermo has also won several championships at Bantamweight.  He has won several Cuban national amateur champions at Bantamweight in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006. All total, he is a seven-time Bantamweight Cuban national amateur champion.

Rigondeaux has also won World amateur champion in different years such as 2001, 2002, and 2005. In the World championships at Bantamweight held in Bangkok, Thailand, in the year 2003, he lost to Aghasi Mammadov (Azerbaijan) 13-16. He is also a 2003 Bantamweight gold medalist at Pan-American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Along with this, Guillermo is a 2005 Bantamweight gold medalist at World Cup in Moscow, Russia.

Furthermore, he has won other gold medals for Bantamweight at the Central American Games in Cartagena, Colombia, in 2006, and the Nations Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan. Overall, Guillermo has had a pretty successful amateur career with 386 fights under his belt, with a record of 274 wins, 12 losses. 

Professional Career

Guillermo made his professional debut in the year 2009, and in the same year, on May 22, he won his professional debut against Juan Noriega in Miami. He then won his second professional fight against Robert Guillen on July 17, 2009. He signed a three-year contract with Bob Arum's Top Rank in July 2010 and is also promoted by Boris Arencibia's Caribe Promotions. 

On November 13, 2010, Rigondeaux fought against Ricardo Cordoba on WBC super welterweight undercard, which was the biggest fight in his career. He won the battle, becoming a world champion in his seventh bout, winning the interim WBA super Bantamweight title. On January 20, 2012, Rigondeaux won the full WBA super Bantamweight title by knocking out the Ring magazine's No.2 ranked super Bantamweight, and the champion, Rico Ramos. On June 9, 2012, he made the first defense of his WBA Super Bantamweight title against Teon Kennedy at the MGM Grand Garden Aren, Las Vegas.

Famous boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux

Guillermo Rigondeaux is a famous Cuban boxer. Image Source: Guillermo Rigondeaux Instagram.

On April 13, 2013, Rigondeaux won a unification bout against WBO  and The Ring champion Nonito Donaire with a score of 117-110 in favor of Rigondeaux. For that fight, Rigondeaux left his trainer Jorge Rubio and started training with his former amateur trainer Pedro Diaz. On July 19, 2014, he won the next defense against veteran Sod Kokietgym at the Cotai Arena, Macau, China, which was the first professional fight for Rigondeaux outside of the United States and the last time he fought under the Top Rank banner. Rigondeaux returned to the United States after 23 months and had his first fight in 11 months against Filipino boxer Drian Francisco. He won the battle and claimed the vacant WBC International Silver Super Bantamweight title. During the year 2016, while he was training in Russia, he was scheduled to fight Liverpool's James 'Jazza' Dickens. This would be the UK debut for him planned on March 12, 2016. However, it was announced that the fight was off due to Rigondeaux failing to obtain a UK visa. 

In January 2018, WBA stated that Rigondeaux was removed as their 'Super' champion. He returned to training on July 25, 2018, and on August 2, Rigondeaux and Roc Nations Sports decided on a mutual agreement to terminate their contract. Later, on November 20, 2018, it was reported that Rigondeaux had started training with Ronnie Shields, a veteran trainer in his training base in Houston, Texas. Rigondeaux returned to the ring in December 2018. 

Here are some more boxing matches of Guillermo Rigondeaux with different fighters and their match results, according to Wikiwand

Opponent Match-date Record Match-result Type Round, time Location Notes
Liborio Solis February 8, 2020 20-1(1) Victory SD 12 PPL Center, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA won vacant WBA (Regular) Bantamweight title.
Julio Ceja June 23, 2019 19-1(1) Victory TKO 8 (12) 2:59 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, USA  
Giovanni Delgado January 13, 2019 18-1(1) Victory KO 1 (8) 2:59 Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA  
Vasyl Lomachenko December 9, 2017 17-1(1) Loss RTD 6 (12) 3:00 The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, USA For WBO junior lightweight title
Moises Flores June 17, 2017 17-0(1) NC KO 1 (12) 3:00 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, USA Retained WBA (Super) Super Bantamweight title; For IBO super Bantamweight title; Originally KO win for Rigondeaux, later rules NC due to incorrect referee call.
Hisashi Amagasa December 31, 2014 15-0 Victory RTD 11 (12) 3:00 Bodymaker Colosseum, Osaka, Japan Retained WBA (Super), WBO, and The Ring super bantamweight titles.
Willie Casey March 19, 2011 8-0 Victory TKO 1 (12) 2:35 Citywest Hotel, Saggart, Ireland Retained WBA interim super bantamweight title
Jose Angel Beranza August 21, 2010 6-0 Victory RTD 7 (8) 0:10 Auditorio Municipal Tijuana, Mexico  
Adolfo Landeros February 5, 2010 5-0 Victory KO 1 (8) 0;28 Don Taft University Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.  
Lante Addy December 16, 2009 4-0 Victory UD 8 B.B. King Blue Club & Grill, New York, USA  
Giovanni Andrade September 18, 2009 3-0 Victory TKO 3(10) 2-53 Fountainbleau Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida, USA  

Guillermo Rigondeaux's boxing career is quite successful, with more victories as compared to his losses.

Guillermo Rigondeaux Net Worth

Guillermo Rigondeaux is a successful Cuban boxer. Undoubtedly that the fighter has amassed an enormous fortune through battles. Guillermo Rigondeaux's net worth mainly comprises of his earnings from boxing matches. Here is the table showing earning of Rigondeaux in different boxing matches.

Matches with Earnings
Nonito Donaire $750,000
Vasyl Lomachenko $400,000
Moises Flores $120,000
Giovanni Delgado $25,000

These are a few of the battles of Guillermo and his income from the matches. Guillermo Rigondeaux's net worth has not been revealed yet, but we can assume that he has earned significantly from different boxing matches.


  • His height is 5 ft 5 inches.
  • His eye color is black.
  • On August 2, 2007, Rigondeaux and teammate Erislandy Lara were taken into police custody in Brazil when they stated that they wanted to return home to Cuba after they did not appear for their scheduled rounds at the Pan American Games in Brazil.
  • Rigondeaux was not allowed to box for the Cuban team, so he defected again via Mexico City to Miami and signed with Arena Box Promotion.
  • Filmmaker Brin-Jonatha Butler is working on a documentary on Rigondeaux.

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