MANILA – Filipino champion Nonito Donaire Jr. is in for a very tough fight against Cuban Olympian Guillermo Rigondeaux, according to a boxing analyst.
Rigondeaux may only have 11 professional bouts under his belt, but this doesn’t mean he’ll be easily crushed by the more polished Donaire, said veteran boxing commentator Ed Tolentino Guillermo
“It's not gonna be easy, it's not gonna be a walk in the park because Rigondeaux is a very, very good champion,” Tolentino said in an interview on ANC.
Rigondeaux has an astonishing record as an amateur, having won the World Amateur Boxing (WBA) twice and is a two-time Olympic gold medalist.
He also became a full fledged world champion in his ninth fight as a pro, by knocking out Rico Ramos in 2012 for the WBA super bantamweight crown.
“We're taking here about a guy that had 400 fights as an amateur,” said Tolentino. “We're talking here of a WBA champion who was once called by Freddie Roach as one of the best counter-punchers he has ever seen.”
Tolentino said that against Rigondeaux, Donaire will have to exert extra effort by making calculated risks.
Both Donaire and Ringodeaux are counter-punchers which is why Tolentino expects a tactical fight in the early rounds.
“Donaire will have to be extra aggressive. I see this match dragging in the early rounds because both men are essentially counterpunchers,” he said.
But the analyst believes the Filipino boxer will employ every tactic to open up the Cuban.
“If he's (Rigondeaux) gonna counterpunch all night long, he's glad to do it. So Donaire right now is the more flexible fighter, he can box, he can slug, and he's gonna put on some pressure on Rigondeaux,” said Tolentino.
Tolentino said once Donaire finds an opening, he said the Filipino Flash surely go for the knockout.
A well-placed left hook will do the trick, said the analyst.
“Donaire, I believe, is gonna go for the kill. He has a statement to make, he knows that everybody's watching his fight right now,” he said.
“In his last fight against Roberto Marroquin, he (Rigondeaux) was rocked by a solid left hook. We all know that is the best weapon of Nonito Donaire Jr., the left hook.”