May 06 20130 comments
13th April 2013
For boxing purist, this weekends upcoming Super Bantamweight super fight in New York between Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeux represents something of a rarity in boxing these days, where not only the two very best boxers in the same weight division step into the same ring and places everything at stake to unify their world titles, but where both boxers are also considered genuine pound for pound world class fighters…
Nonito Donaire who goes by the ring moniker of ‘The Filipino Flash’ is coming off a busy and undefeated 2012 campaign where he successfully disposed of 4 worthy contenders on his way to picking up two world titles in his 4th weight class and was rewarded with The Ring ‘Fighter of the year’ award. Since losing his second professional fight back in the Philippines, Donaire has strung together a 30 fight undefeated streak over the past 12 years and along the way breathed a lot of excitement back into the lower weight classes through his annihilation of world class opponents.
On the other side of the ring standing before Donaire is a man considered one of the greatest amateur boxer in history with a reported over 400 amateur bouts on his way to collecting two Olympic Gold medals representing his native Cuba. With a view to turning professional, the speedy southpaw Rigondeux fled his communist state in 2009 and has since raced away to a record of 11 wins from 11 bouts and currently holds the WBA Super Bantamweight world title belt. Considered ‘the greatest talent I’ve ever seen’ by Hall of Fame Trainer Freddie Roach, Rigoneux has managed to drop every opponent he has faced as a professional in the lead up to this weekends showdown.
One could argue that on paper, this is a very even match and I am split on picking a winner. On one hand I feel that despite a lack of credible opponents of late, Rigondeux who claimed on Showtime’s recent documentary ‘The Road to Donaire & Rigondeux’ that he has been preparing for this match up for over two years, will rise to the challenge and win on points via an amazing display of counterpunching and evasion. On the other hand, the menacing Donarie who has earned the right to be considered one of the best fighters in the world today because he is, in a nutshell a ‘monster’, could very well destroy Rigondeux in destructible fashion, further emphasing that a champion amateur boxer is not always going to reach the same heights in the professional ballgame. I will be placing a small wager on the ‘Filipino Flash’ coming away with his hand raised in this dream match up….
Written by Dylan Howard. Follow Dylan @Dylza85