On the HBO pay-per-view opener for the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez bout, Guillermo Rigondeaux took on Robert Marroquin. Rigondeaux is a brutally efficient fighter who can be so patient in his attack as to seem almost boring, but has the ability to finish an opponent at the first mistake they make.
Tonight the fight started off slowly and in the third round it was Marroquin that landed the harder shot that seemed to bother Rigondeaux a little bit. But you can't move Rigondeaux off his gameplan, so he went right back to waiting for the opening and he found one in the fifth round when he dropped Marroquin with a straight left hand.
The fight seemed to slow into a pattern at that point as Rigondeaux was just being the better fighter and controlling the fight, but he was buzzed again slightly in round 9 when Marroquin got in another good shot.
But Rigondeaux was able to get the fight back in control from that point and even scored another big knockdown in the final round. But Marroquin got back to his feet and was able to fight to the final bell, showing impressive heart in a fight he had to know he lost.
The official scorecards read: 118-108, 118-108, 118-109 for Rigondeaux
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