Donaire says close combat a big risk for 'Rigo'


Posted at Mar 20 2013 10:46 PM | Updated as of Mar 21 2013 08:27 PM

MANILA – Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux will make a huge mistake if he decides to brawl with Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. this April.

Donaire said most of the boxers who engaged him in close combat suffered knockdowns during their exchange.

“It would be a mistake if he goes toe-to-toe with me,” the four-division champion said in an interview with Intv.

“There's a risk of going out like [Jorge] Arce did. He went toe-to-toe with me and that’s what happened,” Donaire said referring to Arce’s knockout defeat.

Donaire, the reigning WBO super bantamweight champion, also mentioned the knockdowns sustained by his other opponents.

“When [Wilfredo] Vazquez went toe-to-toe with me, he went down, [Jeffrey] Mathebula [went] toe-to-toe with me and he went down,” he recalled.

Donaire will be putting his WBO belt on the line for Rigondeaux’ WBA strap in their unification title bout on April 13.

The fight is scheduled to take place at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The Donaire-Rigondeaux fight card will be aired locally by ABS-CBN on April 14.