By LITO DELOS REYES
REIGNING world super bantamweight champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux of Cuba is sparring with undefeated Filipino fighter Harmonito “Hammer” dela Torre of General Santos City in his preparation for his title-defense against James Dickens on July 16.
Rigondeaux is defending his WBA Super World super bantamweight crown at the Ice Arena Wales, Cardiff, Wales.
Coach Osmiri “Moro” Fernandez said that “Dela Torre did good” according to his manager Jim Claude “JC” Manangquil, chief executive officer of the Sanman Promotions.
“It’s a good learning experience for him to spar against this type of top-caliber fighter,” said Manangquil.
Rigondeaux is also undefeated with 16 straight wins and 10 knockouts. He will again spar with Dela Torre (18 wins, 12 KOs) on Wednesday at the .
Rigondeaux won the WBO World super bantamweight title in a unification bout by beating Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire via a unanimous decision last April 13, 2013 in New York.
Rigondeaux then defended both two titles by a UD against Joseph Agbeko on December 7, 2013 in New Jersey, USA.
In his next title-defenses, Rigondeaux knocked out Thailand’s Sod Kokietgym only in the first round on July 19, 2014 in Macao.
Rigondeaux continued his winning ways by retiring Japanese challenger Hisashi Amagasa in the 11th round on December 31, 2014 in Osaka, Japan to retain his two titles.
In his last fight, Rigondeaux defeated Filipino Drian “Gintong Kamao” Francisco by a UD in their battle for the vacant WBC International Silver super bantamweight title last November 21, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dela Torre, on the other hand, previously scored a majority decision win against Puerto Rican Guillermo Sanchez last May 27 at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York during his debut in the USA.
Dela Torre is expected to learn something from his sparring sessions with Rigondeaux in preparation for his next fight in the USA.