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Donaire vs. Rigondeaux

Donaire vs. Rigondeaux SELLS OUT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL!

donaire#8NEW YORK (April 12, 2013) – The last remaining ticket to Saturday’s eagerly-anticipated world title unification battle between 2012 Fighter of the Year and World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight champion NONITO “Filipino Flash” DONAIRE and undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight champion and former two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist GUILLERMO “El Chacal” RIGONDEAUX, which will take place on New York’s biggest stage — Radio City Music Hall – was sold today at 5:11 p.m. ET. The fight will be witnessed by a capacity crowd of 6,145. Donaire vs. Rigondeaux will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. Continue reading

Donaire – Rigondeaux predictions from Fury – Cunningham card

donaire#9Tyson Fury -“I pick Donaire. He’s just too classy and has the pro experience to back him up. Rigondeaux may be dangerous the first few rounds, but the longer the fight goes, the more that pro experience will show. This is not really a fight that I would bet on, it could be close.”

Steve “USS” Cunningham – “I think Donaire is going to shock a lot of people. He performs exceptionally well when the opponent is great. He steps up very well to the challenge. I think this will be a good fight.”

Curtis “Showtime” Stevens – “I think this is an excellent match up, but I think Donaire is going to take the win by KO.”

Andre Rozier, Curtis Stevens Trainer – “Donaire. I think Donaire is super sharp, from the quantity and quality of his work in his last four bouts. He just appears to be improving constantly. I’m looking forward to bout.” Continue reading

HBO Boxing Saturday Night: Donaire vs. Rigondeaux live at Radio City Music Hall

Two top fighters make their 2013 debuts in a world super bantamweight title unification fight at New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: NONITO DONAIRE VS. GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX is seen SATURDAY, APRIL 13 at 11:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), exclusively on HBO. The HBO broadcast team of Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. Other HBO playdates: April 14 (8:30 a.m.) and 15 (midnight)- HBO2 playdates: April 14 (2:15 p.m.) and 16 (11:30 p.m.)

In a 12-round super bantamweight title unification showdown, Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs) of San Leandro, Cal. takes on Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs) of Miami, Fla. A fierce fighter known for devastating speed, Donaire, 30, is one of the sport’s top performers and has not lost a fight in more than 11 years. After knocking out Jorge Arce last December for his fourth title defense of 2012, Donaire was named Fighter of the Year by the Boxing Writers’ Association of America. Continue reading

Donaire – Rigondeaux officials announced

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, April 13, in the unification world title fight between champions Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux to be held at the Radio City Music hall in New York in a Top Rank presentation.
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Can Rigondeaux Really Challenge the Filipino Flash? I Say Not Likely

rigondeaux00Every great fighter needs a nemesis to challenge him, and long ago Nonito Donaire’s many critics picked one for him in WBA champion Guillermo Rigondeaux. Two equal champions battling for glory? That sounds much more exciting than the sobering reality that Rigondeaux is a massive underdog.

What are Donaire’s real chances of surviving Rigondeaux? Donaire’s many critics contend that Donaire’s amazing career was really just smoke and mirrors, masking the fact that he actually fought second-raters and outright bums.

Some “bums” there. Combined, Donaire’s last four opponents boast an impressive 55-8-2 record in world title fights.

And Rigondeaux? His last five opponents clock in at 2-2-2, with questionable interim titles generously included in the total. Continue reading

Donaire & Rigondeaux Conf Call Transcript

rigondeaux5FRED STERNBURG: This is Top Rank’s fourth great boxing event in the span of five weeks. This Saturday it’s 2012 Fighter of the Year and WBO junior featherweight champn Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire taking on undefeated WBA Super Bantamweight Champion and former two-time Cuban Olympic Gold Medalist Guillermo “El Chacol” Rigondeaux in one of the most anticipated fights in many years in a terrific title unification bout for the 122 lb. title.

BOB ARUM: Thank you. If I talk in Mandarin, will there be anyone to translate? Anyway, it’s good to be back in the United States and good to be back in my native New York and it’s even better that on Saturday we have a classic match-up to present at Radio City Music Hall. The buzz for this fight has been absolutely tremendous and in the next couple of days we will be able to announce a complete sellout. Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge: Donaire vs Rigondeaux, Pacqiuao in Macau, & Freddie Roach’s Influence on Shiming

donaire3Cassidy H. (Queens, NYC): I’ve heard you speak strongly about Donaire in the past. Seems like he has all the momentum going into his clash with Rigondeaux this week. How do you see it all playing out?

Vivek W. (ESB): Nonito Donaire is one of those fighters I’ve always carried very close to heart. I love his genuine attitude outside the ring, as well as his ability inside of it. What has given me mixed emotions regarding Donaire in the past was the fact that, to me, he appears to be one of those talents that live up to the level of his competition. When the media starts placing your name on the mythical P4P list, and the sport starts tossing out accolades such as “Fighter of the Year”, and those type of things…..I think you truly have to bring a certain level of consistency to rate them. In my mind, Donaire hasn’t always carried the level of consistency I’d like to see in a fighter placed on such a high mantle. Continue reading

Donaire vs. Rigondeaux Edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”

The Law Offices of Mario Davila is proud to present a special “Filipino Flash vs. El Chacal” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap” tonight at 9:00 PM EST.

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506

During tonight’s broadcast, James and Joseph will talk about the highly anticipated Super Bantamweight unification bout between Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux, which is set to take place on Saturday, April 13th, at the world renowned Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York. Continue reading