MANILA, Philippines – World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire said he has heard call outs from fellow champions Guillermo Rigondeaux and Abner Mares.
He told his challengers to wait for their turn as he faces International Boxing Federation (IBF) title holder Jeffrey Mathebula.
“My goal is to be the undisputed champion of this division. Jeffrey Mathebula is who is in front of me now because he’s the IBF titleholder, he was available to fight and he was willing to make the fight happen,” he said in RingTV.
The fight card is set to take place this weekend at the Home Depot in Carson City, California.
It will be aired locally on ABS-CBN Channel 2 on Sunday starting 10 a.m.
“My next fight could be against Rigondeaux or Mares,” he said.
Rigondeaux is the WBA titleholder, while Mares is the reigning WBC champion.
“I know Rigondeaux and Mares are out there, and I know they’ve called me out. There are five or six guys calling me out, saying I’m scared to fight them, and they are all good fighters. All I can say is that they have to wait their turn. I will get to them,” Donaire said.
But Filipino boxer begged his challengers to make sure that they’d be there when negotiations take place.
“They have to do their part to make the fight and be realistic when negotiating,” he said. “You can’t call someone out and then ask for the world. Pardon my French, but you don’t [expletive] gold, guys.”