Date:  Saturday, July 19, 2014

WBO Jr. Featherweight Championship Bout

Location:  Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China

Promoter:  Top Rank

Supervisor:  Leon Panoncillo

Referee:  Mark Nelson

Judges:  Dennis Nelson, John Poturai, Glenn Feldman

Results:  WBO Junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux retains his titles by knocking out Sod Kokietgym at 1:44 minutes into the first round.

TV:  USA HBO 2, Hungary Sport 1, USA UniMas

Rigondeaux_Looknongyantoy_sh2-530x317The Thai protested the stoppage. The crowd in Macao booed. (Chris Farina/Top Rank) – By Robert Ecksel –

With history as a guide, everyone expected Rigondeaux to waltz his way to a decision or late round stoppage…

WBA/WBO super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs), the fighter everyone loves to hate, took care of business at Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena today by flattening Sod Kokietgym (63-3-1, 28 KOs) at just 1:44 of the first round.

With history as a guide, everyone expected Rigo to waltz his way to a decision or late round stoppage. But El Chacal has heard the detractors, who run the gamut from HBO to Bob Arum to Nonito Donaire, no less than everyone in between. But if Rigondeaux intended to make a statement, to prove that even he has a killer instinct, he succeeded, at the expense of a Thai challenger with tons of experience.

Rigo the thinking man’s fighter used his head in China. After landing straight left followed by a right hook, the Cuban southpaw butted heads with Kokietgym who went down as if shot. Referee Mark Nelson ruled an accident, waved on the fighters, and the action continued.

The fighters touched gloves—and El Chacal, wasting no time, pulled a Floyd Mayweather. A quick 1-2 dropped Sod a second time…and that’s all she wrote.

The Thai protested the stoppage. The crowd in Macao booed.

Rigondeaux, who remains undefeated, just can’t win.




Guillermo Rigondeaux will defend his RING, WBA and WBO junior featherweight titles against Sod Kokietgym on July 19 in Macau, China, Top Rank announced on Saturday.

Rigondeaux (13-0, eight knockouts) is coming off back-to-back unanimous decisions over Nonito Donaire last April and Joseph Agbeko in December. Rigondeaux won the WBO belt in the Donaire fight.

The 36-year-old Kokietgym (63-2-1, 28 KOs) has had only two fights of note in his long career, losses to Daniel Ponce de Leon in 2005 and 2006. Ponce de Leon won the vacant WBO 122-pound title in the first fight and successfully defended it in the second.

Kokietgym is 36-0-1 since that second fight but has faced obscure opponents only in his home country of Thailand during that stretch.

Also on the card will be two-time Chinese Olympic champion Zou Shiming (4-0, 1 KO), a flyweight; former flyweight titleholder Brian Viloria (33-4, 19 KOs); Mexican super middleweight Gilberto Ramirez (28-0, 22 KOs); and 2012 Russian Olympic gold medalist Egor Mekhontsev, a light heavyweight. None of their opponents has been determined.

In addition, junior bantamweight Rex Tso (12-0, 8 KOs), lightweight Ik Yang (13-0, 8 KOs) and junior middleweight Ng Kuok Kun (4-0, 2 KOs) are in separate bouts.