DONAIRE READY FOR RIGONDEAUX SHOWDOWN

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News North America

NEW YORK – World super bantamweight champion Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire took it easy during a public workout at the
Mendez Boxing Gym in Manhattan, but he said he is more than ready to fight Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux at the Radio City Music Hall on Saturday.

“Magaling itong kalaban ko, pero grabe ‘yung training namin, so kahit ano man ‘yung ibibigay niya sa akin, ready na ako,” Donaire said.

An hour before Donaire met the press, Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, also showed off to the media what he is capable off.

Ryan Songalia, the only Filipino-American member of the Boxing Writers Association of America, believes a great fight is in the making between Donaire and Rigondeaux.

“Guillermo Rigondeaux is really coming to win. He’s an undefeated fighter and if you see his body, he looks really cut, looks like he’s coming to win,” Songalia said.

Songalia said fans can expect a better show from Donaire than the last time he fought in New York, a dull 12-round decision victory over Argentina’s Omar Narvaez in 2011.

“I think we’re going to have a much better performance out of Nonito, because it takes two to tango in boxing,” Songalia said.

Donaire, who won numerous Fighter of the Year awards in 2012, said Rigondeaux will be in for a rude awakening once they get inside the ring.

“He is a dangerous opponent, but again, this is the biggest opportunity of his career. Any win opportunity comes risk,” said
Donaire. “I’m the risk. I’m the biggest risk out there in this divison.”

While Donaire is focused on beating the Cuban native in Saturday’s super bantamweight bout, he is also excited for the birth of his first son.

“My thing is, my son, my baby is the one that I’m looking forward to and that’s the thing that matters the most,” he said.

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