Rigondeaux wants to dictate terms of Donaire rematch
MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux is willing to face off against former world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire again, but only on the condition that he gets to dictate the terms of their rematch.
Rigondeaux ended Donaire’s domination of the super bantamweight division in April, when he routed “The Filipino Flash” over the course of 12 rounds. It was Donaire’s fist boxing defeat in 11 years.
Rigondeaux is set to defend his title belts against Joseph Agbeko this weekend, but that did not stop the Cuban from discussing a potential Donaire rematch with the Miami Herald.
“Donaire thought I was the easiest fighter out there. Now he’s out there clamoring for a rematch,” Rigondeaux said.
Donaire returned to action in November, knocking out Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan in the ninth round of their featherweight fight after struggling for most of the fight. Afterward, he told HBO’s Max Kellerman that he is targeting a rematch with Rigondeaux.
Rigondeaux is open to a rematch, but not at featherweight.
“If he is willing to come down to 123 pounds and not weigh more than 10 pounds the next day, I would be willing to give him another beating,” said the Cuban.
“I am waiting for him to win another belt, so I could take that one from him as well,” he added.
Rigondeaux dominated Donaire in their 12-round showdown, and was never really in trouble outside of a brief moment in the 10th round when he was knocked down by the Filipino. He immediately popped back up, however, and regained control of the final two rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory.