FORMER World Boxing Organization, Ring Magazine and World Boxing Council Diamond Belt super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire is desperate for a rematch with undefeated former Cuban two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo “Rigo” Rigondeaux.
Donaire suffered a stunning 12-round unanimous decision loss to Rigondeaux at the Radio City Music Hall in New York last April 13 and wants to avenge that setback in his career, highlighted by four impressive wins in 2012 and a Top 5 pound-for-pound Ring Magazine ranking.
Donaire told the Manila Standard: “I want a rematch (with Rigondeaux) more than anything else right now. I’m training hard right now and feeling good.”
He said he is ready to return to the ring in late October or early November after recovering from surgery on his shoulder to remove a bone spur and mend two torn ligaments, following the Rigondeaux fight.
Meanwhile, Donaire knew all along that his friend Mikey Garcia would be “too good and have too much power” for former two-division champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez.
The possibility of a fight with Lopez for the vacant title if he had won was far-fetched, even though he announced he wanted to fight Donaire after Garcia.
Donaire told the Manila Standard that Garcia is likely to move up in weight because he had a hard time in making the 126-pound limit, but after his fourth-round demolition of Lopez, he appeared to have a change of heart.
The younger brother of 2012 Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia, who also trains Donaire, lost his title on the scales when he came in two pounds over the featherweight limit and had to pay a penalty of $150,000 to Lopez, who had originally demanded $200,000.
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