NEW 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
Nonito Donaire 121.6 – Guillermo Rigondeaux 121.5
Glen Tapia 154.5 – Joseph de los Santos 153
Mikael Zewski 148.5 – Daniel Sostre 147
Jesse Hart 169 – Marlon Farr 171
Dario Soccia 153 – Tyler Canning 150
Erick De Leon 131.5 – Diamond Baier 131.5 Continue reading
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
Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux put their WBO and WBA titles on the line when they face each other on Saturday, April 13 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. Al Bernstein brings us the Keys to Victory for this great fight. BoxingChannel.tv will bring you complete pre and post fight coverage of Donaire-Rigondeaux. Continue reading
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.
Every 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
FRED 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
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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
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is going with WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KO’s) to get past WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) next week in their fight on April 13th at the Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York. Mayweather is picking the 30-year-old Donaire to defeat by knockout.
Note: The “Road to Donaire-Rigondeaux” special replays today (Apr. 4) on HBO2 at 6:15 p.m. ET/PT.
With close to 400 fights in the mighty Cuban amateur boxing program Guillermo Rigondeaux is one of the most decorated amateur boxers in that program and the history of amateur boxing. The 12 losses that he accrued during his amateur run that saw him win 2 Olympic gold medals (2000, 2004) is short of amazing for such a long amateur career. After defecting from Cuba, the Cuban standout entered the professional ranks.
As a professional Rigondeaux’s 11-0 record and fight resume is nothing to brag about, because his amateur pedigree thus far has prevented him from getting the competitive fights…until now. In 10 days Rigondeaux will face his toughest test as a professional when he takes on P4P fighter Nonito Donaire for Donaire’s 122lb title. Many scribes, boxing analysts and insiders are predicting a Donaire win based on professional experience and size alone, discounting Rigondeaux deep participation in the amateurs. Some are even questioning Rigondeaux’s skills and heart. Donaire himself has said he sees a ‘flaw’ in Rigondeaux’s fight style that he will exploit on fight night. Continue reading