MANILA, Philippines – Filipino world boxing champion Nonito Donaire Jr. said he will have an easy time beating Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Donaire, who successfully defended his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight title against Jorge Arce, said he will have no trouble handling a southpaw like Rigondeaux.
"With [Guillermo] Rigondeaux, it's an easy thing. I love fighting left-handers, and I'm a boxer. It's definitely an easier fight," the “Filipino Flash” told Boxing Scene’s Dennis Guillermo.
He pointed out that Rigondeaux, the World Boxing Association (WBA) 122-pound champion, fights from the outside and waits for his opponents to attack most of the time.
Donaire said he can control the Cuban using a stiff jab.
"Rigondeaux is a boxer, he's a counter-puncher. He waits for his opponents," he said. "I got the jab. I can jab him all day. I can set him up all day. It's going to be an easy fight. That's the kind of fight that I fight."
Donaire said Abner Mares, the World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight king, is a more challenging fight.
“If he can take my punches, it's going to be a long night… a tough night," said the Filipino boxer. "It's not just a boxer can outbox a fighter; a fighter can overwhelm a boxer. That's going to be a tougher fight I think, more than Rigondeaux."