MANILA, Philippines – Unified super bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire insists he is not avoiding unbeaten Cuban fighter Guillermo Rigondeaux, who has repeatedly called him out through the media.
Donaire, who holds the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweigh titles, told RingTV that he has no reason to be afraid of Rigondeaux.
“Why would I be afraid? I’ve fought the best out there,” he said.
Rigondeaux claimed in a Fight Hype interview that Donaire “is running scared of any super bantamweights with power.”
“He hasn’t knocked out anybody at 122-pounds. One thing is for sure, though, he will get knocked out if he has the guts to fight me,” he added.
Many fans believe that Rigondeaux’s counter-punching style will give Donaire trouble, something the Filipino boxer scoffed at.
“His style is what I master. I’m purely a boxer. There’s no one in my life who’s ever out-boxed me,” Donaire said. “He is shorter than me, so he will never be able to outbox me.”
“If he tries to box me, it’s already my game,” he added.
Donaire had previously claimed that a fight with Rigondeaux will be a “very boring fight” for him, which is also the reason HBO does not want to match him with the Cuban.
“That’s why they would rather pick a (Jorge) Arce type, or an (Arturo) Gatti type of fighter, because it’s exciting for them, because there’s blood and that kind of stuff,” Donaire said.
But Donaire told RingTV that he is willing to fight Rigondeaux because his goal is to “clean up the division.”
“Rigondeaux might be a possibility, as well as (Abner) Mares. They know that I’m willing to fight anyone out there, but it’s up to the negotiation process to make it happen,” he said.
Rigondeaux is one of the best amateur boxers in history, winning gold medals in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. He turned professional in 2009 and has won 10 straight fights.