MANILA, Philippines – World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire is not impressed with Guillermo Rigondeaux’s accomplishments as a professional, even if the Cuban boxer is unbeaten in 10 professional fights.
“I think in the pro level, he’s very inexperienced,” Donaire said in an interview with RingTV.
“He’s never fought a guy like Fernando Montiel or Vic Darchinyan,” he added.
Rigondeaux is one of the most decorated amateur boxers in history, winning gold medals in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics . He turned professional in 2009 and has since won 10 straight fights, with eight wins coming by knockout.
He recently won the World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight champion with a sixth-round knockout of Rico Ramos in January.
But Donaire believes Rigondeaux’s opponents are not on the level of Montiel or Darchinyan – both of whom Donaire beat via crushing knockouts.
“I think even Darchinyan would give him hell, if he fought Rigondeaux. So would Montiel,” Donaire said. “Thos eguys are just on a different level.”
Even so, Donaire is aiming for a fight with Rigondeaux as he wants the Cuban boxer’s WBA title.
“I’m going to aim for that belt, because that’s what I want to do,” Donaire said.
Donaire will fight International Boxing Federation super bantamweight champion Jeffrey Mathebula on July 7 in a title-unification bout.