By Jeff Newman: After saying he was on board with a fight between his fighter WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz and WBA/WBO 122 pound champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya says he’s not sure if Santa Cruz’s manager Al Haymon will want to let the fight take place.
Haymon is known for being very selective in the fights he sets up for his fighters, as he tends to mainly match them against guys his fighters have a good chance of beating. Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic gold medalist from Cuba, is not a guy that Santa Cruz woul;d have a good chance of beating.
“I just spoke to Oscar DeLa Hoya and he says he is actively negotiating a Rigo-Santa Cruz fight for late May/June. Really wants to make it. Asked Oscar DeLa Hoya if Haymon was OK with Rigo-Santa Cruz. ‘I’m not sure if Al would want the fight but the promoters & fighters want it,” Dan Rafael said on his twitter. “I’m not going to promote a fight with Leo if it’s not the best opponent for him & for the fans to watch.’ – Oscar DeLa Hoya.”
This is bad news for boxing fans hoping to see a fight between Rigondeaux and Santa Cruz, because the chances of Haymon giving the green light for a fight between Rigondeaux and Santa Cruz are about zero. I think De La Hoya knows this.
I just wonder why De La Hoya got the boxing community excited about a fight between Rigondeaux and Santa Cruz earlier today. It could be that De La Hoya wants to keep Santa Cruz happy by acting agreeable to a fight between him and Rigondeaux. De La Hoya knows that Santa Cruz wants the fight, and it obviously isn’t a good thing for De La Hoya to be upsetting his fighters that he has under contract with his company.
Haymon has the power to say no to fights for the fighters in his stable, even if they want the fight. He’s got the last word in which his fighters face in the ring. That means that if he doesn’t want Santa Cruz to fight Rigondeaux, then that fight likely won’t happen.