Rigondeaux wants his unification fight with Flores to be in Cardiff

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Guillermo Rigondeaux is trained by Pedro Diaz, the same coach who led him to Olympic gold

Top pound-for-pound boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux insists he wants make another defence of his WBA world super bantamweight in Cardiff.

The Cuban, fifth in Ring Magazine's pound-for-pound rankings, beat Jazza Dickens at Wales' Ice Arena in the second round after breaking his jaw.

The WBA want Rigondeaux to defend his title against mandatory challenger and interim title-holder Moises Flores.

"Best thing I could do for my friends in Wales is bring Flores," he said.

"Such great fans."

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Rigondeaux has fought at iconic sporting arenas such as the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and the Dallas Cowboys Stadium but the 35-year old double Olympic gold medallist wants to fight in the 2,500-capacity Ice Arena, the fifth biggest sporting stage in Cardiff.

Rigondeaux, Olympic champion at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, unified the super bantamweight division in 2013.

He has a promotional deal with Frank Warren and is likely to return to Wales.

"I strongly suspect this won't be a first and last visit from Rigondeaux to these shores," Warren told BBC Radio Wales Sport.

"He loved it, he really enjoyed Wales, he loved the welcome from the Valleys and Cardiff and wants to come back again.

"The Welsh appreciate good boxers and good fighters and he is one of the absolute best."

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