MANILA, Philippines – Four-division champion Nonito Donaire Jr. will make his ring return in New York when he fights Cuban champ Guillermo Rigondeaux on April 13.
The "Filipino Flash" is hoping to impress New York fight fans better than he did when he squared off against Argentina’s Omar Narvaez at the Madison Square Theater in 2011.
In that match, the Argentine didn’t put up much of a fight and ran away from Donaire just to survive the 12-rounder.
The Filipino Flash was disappointed despite going home with a lopsided win.
Donaire said in ESPN he will make sure it doesn’t happen again when he fights Cuba’s “El Chacal.”
"We want to show up the second time in New York and make a statement this time and not have Rigondeaux run from me when he gets hit hard," said the WBO super bantamweight champion.
Donaire said he had learned his lessons after fighting Narvaez, claiming that he knows what to do against an evasive foe.
"We already have the remedy and answer for that style from what I learned in the Narvaez fight. We have a blueprint ready.”
Donaire will be going after Rigondeaux’s WBA title at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
Boxing promoter Bob Arum said Radio City Hall, where Roy Jones Jr. defended his light heavyweight title against David Telesco in 2000, is a special place for boxing.
"There's no question that fighting at Radio City Music Hall is like a coronation for the fighter of the year, fighting on that historic stage," said Arum.
"We couldn't get the Theater [at Madison Square Garden] so [MSG executive vice president] Joel Fisher said maybe he could get Radio City, because the Garden owns it. We said that was a great idea. It's expensive to do a fight there, but it's worth it.”