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I checked in Monday with Gary Hyde, the Irishman on top of the world after his guy Guillermo Rigondeaux proved against Nonito Donaire that he is more than an amateur legend, cementing himself in the pound-for-pound top 10 with a superb showing at Radio City Music Hall.
I asked Hyde what's next for Rigo (12-0, 8 KOs), 32, now the man at 122 pounds, with Donaire announcing his intention to move up to 126.
"I am expecting Bob Arum will offer another big fight to Rigo as soon as the bitter pill prescribed and administered by Rigo on Saturday night by schooling Donaire wears off," Hyde said. "I would like to see Rigo defend against Abner Mares or Carl Frampton." (The Brit Frampton seems a better bet, as Mares is a Golden Boy fighter and Arum/Top Rank doesn't work right now with GB.)
And what did Hyde think of the reaction to the win? Some pundits and fans put down the manner in which Rigo won, with low punch volume and a concentration on defense.
"Rigo executed a perfect plan," Hyde said. "He is a complete fighter who has the tools to beat anyone. Saturday he beat the hardest pound-for-pound fighter in the world, fighter of the year, in just his 12th pro fight. He beat the best in his division and won the titles ... next time he will impress."