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Thanks for the well wishes, fellas! Part of the reason i left in the first place is because time is very scarce for me now days. Hence the reason i don’t get to mix it up in here as often as i used to. But I’m thrilled to be back and plan to do it big like we used to! Lets make some noise and fill these boards up! That’s what makes ESB ESB! Best fight culture in the sport! Bar none!

Posted April 11, 2013 9:40 pm 


Good to have the lounge back. The print version is articulate and well thought out. Kind of the exact opposite of the radio version.

Posted April 10, 2013 12:12 pm 

te tumbo

Roach is an excellent trainer but a piss-poor coach, e.g., he made developing Pacquiao’s* right-hand a priority prior to Marquez v. Pacquiao* II. fast-forward five years later and “Manila Ice” is still not a standard feature of Pacquiao’s* very limited punching repertoire. conversely, you can count on Roach fighters to exchange for 12 solid rounds . . . barring being victimized and DEMOLISHED by the #1 KO in Boxing History. Zou seemed as raw as they come and i didn’t detect any advanced technique or breakaway talent in his performance v. what is the proverbial “Mexican cabdriver”. that is if it’s ever confirmed this kid is even old enough to drive. Roach’s forte is maximizing the potential of ready-made fighters but Zou requires at least two more very busy years in the ring-oven before i would dare engage him in primetime title-contention because not even Roach’s brilliant matchmaking will be enough to spare this guy a severe and even career-ending beatdown.

Posted April 9, 2013 6:01 pm 

Fight Aficionado

“I will try to engage more than I have in the past. I want to give the fans what they want to see. He’s an aggressive boxer. I will be very aggressive and I’m coming for him.” – Rigo, from today’s press conference. He seems to know he’ll have to let his hands go. We’ll see if he follows through.

Posted April 9, 2013 4:50 pm 

te tumbo

IMO, neither tactics, skills, or talent will be the deciding factor in this matchup but rather the primetime heat, pressure, and pro experience that Donaire will subject Rigondeaux too. at which point, i expect Rigondeaux to begin coming apart at the seams, which will expose him to Nonito bombs. Rigondeaux will have his moments but Donaire’s pro-intensity will carry the day.

Posted April 9, 2013 10:52 am 


“@Fight Aficionado : Donaire isn’t always the firestorm” :
Agreed, and I’m not sure why so many people think Donaire is some fire blazing offensive monster… I honestly think people assume that because he’s Filo that he’s the same as Pacquiao.
Stylistically, he’s a front-footed counter-puncher… if an opponent doesn’t give him openings, he struggles to get off and land his heavy shots. In all the fights recently where people claimed he looked “unimpressive”, it was because the other fighter fought cautiously or forced Donaire to lead the exchanges.
Rigo is also predominantly a counter puncher, though more of a back-foot counter puncher (at least I assume he’ll take the role in this fight), so again, Donaire may find himself having to lead which isn’t really his comfort zone.

Although having said all that, I’m leaning towards a Donaire victory… the dents showing in Rigo’s chin recently have swayed me away from picking him.

Posted April 9, 2013 6:50 am 

the public

Vivek is back!!! I gotta agree with FA. If Rigo stays busy this will be a long night for Donaire. This is a very dangerous fight for the flash.

Posted April 8, 2013 11:20 pm 

Fight Aficionado

“I favor Donaire in this fight because Rigo is vertically challenged (in comparison) and will be facing a firestorm.” – I’m going with Rigo as I have since day 1. Donaire isn’t always the firestorm, he’s a bit up and down. Like Vazquez Jr I thought put out the fire a bit because he has angles and good hand speed. Rigo has both to a higher degree. I do agree Rigo sometimes doesn’t let his hands go enough. He can’t do that against Donaire. Gotta stay busy and protect that chin. If he does that IMO he takes Donaire to school.

Posted April 8, 2013 9:05 pm 

Fight Aficionado

YO Vivek. Good to see the LHL back at ESB. Congrats on the radio gig btw. Hope it does well for you.

Posted April 8, 2013 9:01 pm 


Rigo will be fighting to neutralize Nonito’s left and gets brutally KO’ed by Donaire’s right. The fight will end in the middle rounds.

Posted April 8, 2013 9:01 pm 

horst fraze

the fan’s comments seem to indicate this will be a good one. hope theyr’e correct!

Posted April 8, 2013 7:28 pm 


Good to have you back Vivek I was wondering where you had got to!

Posted April 8, 2013 1:52 pm 

Need to wipe my Tark again

Stunning KO by Nonito.

Posted April 8, 2013 1:05 pm 


Nice to have you back Viv.

Posted April 8, 2013 9:57 am 

Benny Popper

Rigo by KO 8th rd

Posted April 8, 2013 9:47 am 


Rigondeaux UD.

Posted April 8, 2013 9:24 am 


Good to read you’re back in action Viv!

Posted April 8, 2013 8:25 am 


Donaire KO round 4!

Posted April 8, 2013 5:09 am 

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