Donaire wants rematch vs Rigondeaux

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013


CEBU -- Nonito Donaire Jr. is looking for redemption after his loss to Cuban star Guillermo Rigondeaux and wants a rematch with the two-time Olympic gold medalist but it won’t be in the super bantamweight division.

“Going down to 122 would be a disadvantage for me so I’ll wait for them at 126. Or we can work out a deal, where we can just fight with no belts or no nothing. We can just fight right there or even one of those catch weights. I don’t want to take advantage of being the bigger guy or I don’t want him taking advantage of me being the drained fighter. We definitely want to fight,” Donaire Jr. told Boxingscene.com.

Guillermo Rigondeaux-Nonito Donaire fight
Guillermo Rigondeaux (right) lands a punch on Nonito Donaire during a junior featherweight title boxing match at Radio City Music Hall in New York Sunday, April 14, 2013. Rigondeaux won on a unanimous twelve round decision. (Associated Press)

Donaire Jr. lost to Rigondeaux by unanimous decision with scores of 114-113, 115-112 and 116-111.

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Donaire Jr. won’t be seeing action anytime soon following a shoulder surgery and the expected birth of his first child. However, by now he knows what he will have to adjust in his next training camp for Rigondeaux if they reach a deal.

“I know in my heart that he’s not better than me in terms of speed and power. He outsmarted me and that’s something that hasn’t been done in my career. I’ve always listened to my corner. I’ve always done things and I’ve always studied. But in this fight, I never studied the fight and that’s one thing I have to go back on. It’s not taking anything lightly and I just got to go train and everything that transpired in that fight was due to my mistake, which was not to study. I was in physical tip top shape but mentally I just didn’t really care much of what he had to offer and that was a mistake that I made. And going from this point on I’m going to learn to study every fighter and learn their style and their ways of fighting. I think it will be easier for me,” he said.

Top Rank head Bob Arum is looking at pitting Donaire Jr. with recently crowned World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion Victor Terrazas despite the Filipino superstar’s intention of moving up a division higher. (Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 25, 2013.

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