Donaire gets boost from former foe Nishioka

By Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 13 2013 11:32 PM | Updated as of Apr 14 2013 08:46 AM

NEW YORK -- Nonito Donaire stayed relaxed as he waited to get on the scales for the official weigh-in of their super bantamweight championship fight.

The intensity of the upcoming battle was felt as soon as both fighters got on stage.

Donaire, the four-division division champ, had no problem with the weight coming in at 121.6 pounds.

Guillermo Rigondeaux, the WBA super bantam champ and undefeated in 11 fights, registered 121.5 pounds.

The stare down lasted more than a minute, and neither fighter moved.

Fireworks are expected at the opening bell.

Donaire has the height advantage, but Rigondeaux is not worried, trusting in his intense preparation and raring to prove that he is the better fighter.

Donaire plans to use the right strategy, his power and speed to prevail.

Flying in from Japan to support Donaire, the former super bantam king from, Japan Toshiaki Nishioka, whom the Filipino beat last year.

Donaire thanked Nishioka for his support

Rachel Donaire is confident her husband will dominate like he has other opponents.

Donaire vs Rigondeaux is the main event at the historic Radio City Music Hall scheduled for 12 rounds for the WBA and WBO super bantamweight belts on Saturday night (Sunday morning in Manila).


The Donaire vs Rigondeaux card will be aired on ABS-CBN Channel 2 on Sunday starting 10:15 a.m.