SAN DIEGO, April 13, 2013 – Saturday night’s sellout of 6,125 tickets at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire’s (31-1, 20 KOs) super bantamweight championship unification bout against Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs) is a sign that 2012 Fighter of the Year Donaire might finally gain a little more visibility.
Rigondeaux’s professional record may seem thin, but he is a two-time Olympic gold medalist for Cuba, and stayed in the amateur system for years until he defected to the U.S. in 2009.
Donaire is respectful of Rigondeaux, age 32, but however polite he doesn’t sound too impressed. “You could have 500 amateur fights but when you go pro it is a different world. Although, an amateur like Rigondeaux is able to shift his ways to become a world champion. He is able to use his skills and learn from that. That’s why we do not underestimate him and trained very hard for this fight,” said Donaire.
Rigondeaux’s viewpoint: “Obviously the public does not respect me because of the number of fights I have had. Nonito has three times the experience I have at the professional level so the public has chosen Nonito as the favorite.”
Now that the fight is just hours away, there is honest anticipation for a competitive, entertaining contest. Rigondeaux is a technician with textbook form that young fighters should watch and emulate. Donaire is athletic, fast, and catlike on his feet.
Rigondeaux hasn’t ever faced an opponent at Donaire’s level. It doesn’t mean he can’t win, but he has a lot to prove. It’s Donaire’s fight to lose.
Let’s watch together and talk about the action as we find out who will prevail. Join us at Communities for our live boxing chat for Donaire-Rigondeaux on HBO’s World Championship Boxing. We will get started at 10:45 p.m ET for pre-fight predictions, with the HBO broadcast starting at 11 p.m. ET. You can watch the undercard bouts starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Top Rank’s website.
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