MANILA, Philippines – Featherweight boxer Gary Russell Jr. expects an interesting fight when super bantamweight champions Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux face off on April 14 in New York.
The undefeated Russell (22-0) told Boxing Scene that he favors Donaire to win in the title unification fight.
“I can honestly say that I think Nonito Donaire brings more to the table than Rigondeaux,” said the 24-year-old contender.
“The reason why I say that is because me and Rigondeaux competed for (amateur) world championships. He is a southpaw. He is really skilled, but he is a one-handed fighter,” Russell said of Rigondeaux. “All of his power comes from his left hand.”
In contrast, Donaire “is more even handed,” said Russell.
“I definitely would give him the upper hand, but how he takes a punch from Rigondeaux will also be a factor,” he added. “That is going to be a very interesting fight to watch.”
Russell is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Vyacheslav Gusev last March 2 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.