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Donaire-Darchinyan on November 9th in triple-header on HBO

donaire012Guillermo Rigondeaux may not be back on HBO, but the guys that he easily beat Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s) is in what will likely be a mismatch against 37-year-old past his prime Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KO’s0 on November 9th in a triple-header in Texas. Top Rank, the promoters for the show, will also have Mikey Garcia moving up in weight to face WBO super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez, and junior middleweights Vanes Martirosyan vs. Demetrius Andrade.

In other words, we’re looking at two mismatches – Donaire-Darchinyan and Garcia-Martinez – and one competitive fight on paper between Andrade and Martirosyan. I’m not sure if this is a really great card to be honest. I like Garcia, but I don’t like him fighting a paper champion. I’d rather see Garcia fight Jhonny Gonzalez or Abner Mares. Continue reading

Donaire to try and make 122 for Darchinyan rematch

donaire#55Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s) said the other night that he’s walking around at 145 lbs. right now, and he’s going to see if he can drop the weight to take a fight against Vic Darchinyan in October or November. However, he’s not really sure if he can take that much weight off without being brittle for his next fight, and he prefers that not happen.

If Donaire doesn’t feel good in trying to get down to 122, he’s going to move up to 126 and go after one of the world titles at that weight. Donaire would be looking to face the likes of Chris John or Evgeny Gradovich. Continue reading

Donaire likely to fight Darchinyan in rematch in November

donaire012Bob Arum is looking to match Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s) against Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KO’s) in a fight that’ll take place in November, according to Dan Rafael. Why Arum is interested in making this match after all these years is anyone’s guess.

It’s likely that he sees Darchinyan as one of the few recognizable names that he can put with Donaire. It’s also a fight that is a winnable one for Donaire, and he clearly needs a victory after getting soundly beaten by WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux last April. Continue reading

Arum: Donaire will fight in October or November

donaire#55Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is saying that former IBF/WBO super bantamweight Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s) will be back in the ring in either October or November this year against a still to be determined opponent. It won’t be newly crowned WBC super bantamweight champion Victor Terrazas because he’ll likely be facing newly signed Top Rank fighter Vic Darchinyan.

If Darchinyan wins that fight then Arum would like to match him against Donaire in a rematch in 2014. Donaire stopped Darchinyan in the 5th round in 2007.
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Donaire vs. Rigondeaux: The Agony and the Ugh

rigondeaux43 Move aside and let the fighter enjoy and partake in the spoils which resulted from the biggest night of his professional career. Recognition is slowly seeping in simply because the shock may be finally headed towards the door. Prior to last Saturday evening, Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire was among the top pound for pound fighters on the planet.

News flash: he still is. Concurrently, Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux was indeed the jackal of sorts for the vast and overwhelming majority of twelve rounds in the ring set upon a stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. He put on a master class, yet the fact that he thoroughly and soundly beat Donaire isn’t a chorus line which has happily resonated in the eyes of much of the boxing public. What more must he do.

He was in the right venue, so maybe Rigondeaux needs to stick around to become a top pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge: Rigondeaux, Donaire, Garcia, & Roach!

rigondeaux64Christopher N. (Atlanta, GA): How would you rate Donaire’s performance? And would you entertain the thought of placing Rigondeaux on the P4P list?

Vivek W. I think the best way to address your questions is to point to something I said a long time ago and have maintained ever since. The way I see the whole P4P topic is totally abstract from what the rest of the sport feels. I once touted Donaire’s talent as much as anyone else, but when the topic shifted to such accolades as “Fighter of the Year” and “P4P” worthy, I openly stated that I would take no part in such dialogue. The kid is better than average. His heart is bigger than average. He’s a good lookin’ kid, and a very likable guy outside the ring. All that being said, for those who understand the greatness behind pure fundamental skills, there’s no hesitance to address the fact that he simply isn’t on that level. Continue reading

El Chacal – Guillermo Rigondeaux – The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap

During tonight’s broadcast, James and Joseph will talk about universally recognized Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and his unanimous decision victory over Nonito Donaire, which took place on Saturday, April 13th, at the world renowned Radio City Music Hall in New York, New York.

The Pugilist KOrner’s dynamic duo will also discuss big victories by Juan Diaz, Bahodir Mamadjonov, and much, much more.

Throughout the second half-hour of tonight’s program, “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap” is proud to feature elite level trainer Ronnie Shields. The always insightful boxing mentor will share his thoughts concerning Guillermo Rigondeaux’s big win over “The Filipino Flash”, as well as this weekend’s events at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Continue reading

Rigo the Great!!

rigondeaux55Not actually…Guillermo Rigodeaux 2-time Olympic gold medalist and now unified WBA/WBO Super Bantamweight champion has a lot more fish to fry to be considered great in the professional ranks. Having out-skilled and outclassed P4P fighter Nonito Donaire is just the beginning.

Prior to this fight Rigondeaux was considered by many just another decorated Cuban amateur fighter. Hosting an 11-0, 8-KO record, Rigondeaux had done nothing significant that would indicate he was any threat to the #3 or #4 P4P rated Donaire whose scalps on his boxing resume included names like Montiel, Arce and Darchinyan. Continue reading

Donaire Relinquishes Lofty Status to Rigondeaux

donaire555Nonito “The Filipinio Flash” Donaire had it all. He was riding high, a fan favorite, a top P4P fighter, 2012 fighter of the year and someone who seemed to have no weaknesses. His speed, power and ring savvy had been too much for anybody he faced. A few bruises here and there, an occasional hand injury to remind him of his dominant performances and a pocket full of dough to dull the pain. His face was becoming more and more recognizable to celebrity seekers.

He did and said all the right things. He pushed for VADA type testing for everyone. He often expressed a willingness to fight anyone, including Abner Mares; although, he did express a reluctance to fight Rigondeaux, but not because he feared him. No, it was for more of a practical reason. He didn’t think Guillermo Rigondeaux deserved the shot. Donaire felt Rigondeaux needed to beat a big name first. Continue reading

Rigondeaux Defeats Donaire: How Does This Shake Up The P-4-P Rankings?

rigondeaux332Cuban talent Guillermo Rigondeaux upset and out-pointed Filipino sensation Nonito Donaire last night in New York (an upset? well, many good judges picked “The Filipino Flash” to get the victory), and the 12-0 master feels he is deserving of a lofty position in the new mythical pound-for-pound ratings as a result.

In fact, “El Chacal,” who is more style than sizzle  – with some fans feeling Rigondeaux is somewhat boring to watch; hence last night’s smattering of boos –  feels he should be ranked at p-4-p number-one! That’s not likely to happen, but where does the newly unified WBA/WBO 122-pound ruler deserve to be placed?

Here’s my new list: Continue reading

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