First-round win for Rigondeaux

  • Last Updated: July 19 2014, 22:10 BST

Guillermo Rigondeaux retained his world titles with an explosive first-round stoppage win over Sod Kokietgym in Macau.

Guillermo Rigondeaux: Powered to a first-round win
Guillermo Rigondeaux: Powered to a first-round win

The unbeaten Cuban, widely considered the No 1 super-bantamweight, took just 76 seconds to halt Looknongyantoy, extending his reign as WBO and WBA 'super' champion.

Fights have been hard to come by for Rigondeaux since he easily outboxed Joseph Agbeko last December, with criticism being raised about his no frills approach, but he gave fans a glimpse of his firepower against an over-matched opponent.

Kokietgym had racked up a lengthy winning streak, although he lacked any notable foes, and showed his vulnerability when an accidental headbutt dumped him on the canvas.

The Thai fighter rose from the floor, but Rigondeaux sensed a quick finish and a fierce flurry of punches dropped him again, prompting referee Mark Nelson to wave it off after a few seconds.

Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic gold medallist, took just nine fights to win the WBA crown with a stoppage triumph over Rico Ramos.

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