By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
The final press conference took place Thursday in advance of Saturday’s world championship card at the Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena. Undefeated unified junior featherweight world champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs) will defend his titles against top-five contender and two-time world title challenger Sod Looknongyantoy (63-2-1, 27 KOs) in a world title fight that will be televised via same-day delay as the main event of Solo Boxeo Tecate on UNIMÁS, beginning at 11PM ET/PT.
Guillermo Rigondeaux: We’re waiting for Saturday. That’s all we can do now. You’ll see a great show.
Sod Looknongyangtoy: I respect Rigondeaux, but anything can happen in boxing.
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In his first ten-rounder, two-time Chinese Olympic gold medallist and national icon Zou Shiming (4-0, 1 KO) will meet Luis De la Rosa (23-3-1, 13 KOs) for the WBO international flyweight title in a bout to be televised via same-day delay by HBO2 at 5PM ET/PT. At the press conference, the WBO unveiled a special belt studded with Swarovski crystals and features gold plating for the Shiming-De la Rosa winner.
Zou Shiming: This is the first milestone for me. I have the ability to claim the belt.
Freddie Roach: Zou Shiming is in great shape. I can’t wait for Saturday night.
Luis De la Rosa: Shiming is very confident about this fight. I don’t think he should be.
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Opening the HBO2 telecast, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (28-0, 22 KOs) takes on Junior Talipeau (20-2-1, 7 KOs) for the WBO International and NABF super middleweight belts.
Gilberto Ramirez: I want it to be Saturday already. I want to be inside the ring.