Poonsawat Denied Boxing License In Texas, Rigondeaux Fight Cancelled

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The World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight championship fight between undefeated defending champion GUILLERMO “El Chacal” RIGONDEAUX and former world champion POONSAWAT KRATINGDAENGGYM has been canceled from this Saturday’s card at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.  Rigondeaux vs. Kratingdaenggym was scheduled to be televised live on HBO® as the co-main event to the NONITO DONAIRE vs. JORGE ARCE World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight title fight.  Donaire vs. Arce will go on as scheduled, televised live on HBO, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.  The telecast will open with the exclusive replay of last week’s Fight of the Year — MANNY PACQUIAO vs. JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ 4.

“The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation notified us today that they would not issue a license to Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym,” said Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank®.  “I feel very badly for both fighters who trained very hard. Top Rank’s matchmakers are working with HBO to returning Guillermo back to the ring as soon as possible.”

Remaining Tickets to the Donaire vs. Arce World Junior Featherweight Championship event doubleheader, priced at $200, $100, $60 and $30, plus additional fees, can be purchased at the Toyota Center box office (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.), online at www.HoustonToyotaCenter.com, by phone at 866-4HOU-TIX (866-446-8849) and select Houston area Randalls stores. This prestigious event is promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate.

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

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