Topic: Guillermo Rigondeaux

September 19, 2012

Guillermo Rigondeaux is more than just the WBA super-bantamweight champion, although he's that, too. The Cuban defector is both one of the best fighters to come off the island in years, and a reflection of that star-crossed, Castro-afflicted islands contradictions and conflicts. In short, he's a great topic for a movie, which is why Brin-Jonathan Butler is making Split Decision.

September 17, 2012

A writer goes to Cuba in search of Guillermo Rigondeaux and some truth about the athletes who stay in Cuba and those who leave. Instead, he finds Cuba: that is, Cubans and Cuban things and, um, horny people. A reprint from

September 5, 2012

Guillermo Rigondeaux was one of Cuba's very best fighters before he finally succeeded in defecting in 2009. He has also been one of its saddest, and an emblem of a wise but thwarted and incurably sports-mad society that's quietly at war with itself, and losing.