MANILA, Philippines – Boxing trainer Robert Garcia agrees that Guillermo Rigondeaux is an outstanding amateur boxer.
But when Rigondeaux starts getting hit by Nonito Donaire’s power punches, Garcia believes the Cuban boxer will wilt away.
“Rigondeaux is talented, so much power so much skill, but when he's in front of someone like Nonito, it's gonna be a different story,” Garcia, the Filipino Flash’s boxing coach, told Tha Boxing Voice.
“Once he's get hit by Nonito, I don't expect him to last long.”
Rigondeaux, nicknamed “El Chacal” or “The Jackal,” is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in amateur boxing. He remains unbeaten as a professional and was able to win the WBA super bantamweight title after nine bouts.
However, Garcia believes Donaire, the reigning WBO/RING/WBC Silver 122-pound king, is a classier fighter than Rigondeaux.
“This fight could to be an easy fight for Nonito. Nonito keeps his cool, keeps his patience and follows his game plan, I don't think he'll have problems with Guillermo Rigondeaux,” he said.
Garcia also said that the Cuban’s amateur style of fighting won’t be effective against Donaire and are not expecting Rigondeaux to fight from the outside in all 12 rounds.
“He might be able to do it in two to three rounds, but when you get to the later rounds and you have a puncher like Nonito Donaire it will be a different story,” he said.