HBO will be televising the Super Bantamweight title fight on Saturday night between WBA champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and WBO champion Nonito Donaire. Let’s take a look at this bout that will take place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs)
Even though he does not have nearly the experience of Donaire, there is no doubting the talent of Rigondeaux. He has great technique, decent power and he is a southpaw. The concern is that Rigondeaux doesn’t have the chin to take a big shot. He was knocked down in a win over Ricardo Cordoba by a jab and he was hurt in his last win over Robert Marroquin. And neither of those fighters has the power of Donaire. Despite his inexperience, Donaire is confident of his chances on Saturday night. “This [fight] is a golden opportunity for my career. I'll be facing the best at 122 pounds, and he's earned [that position]. [But] If he think I'm easy, then I'm going to win.” Rigondeaux said, “He has not fought anybody and playing a guitar and then playing a violin is not the same thing. I'm going to shut that stubborn Filipino's mouth and I will unify the titles.”
Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs)
The “Filipino Flash” has been beaten just once in his career with 20 of his 31 wins coming by knockout. Donaire would prefer to be fighting Abner Mares but that fight doesn’t look likely to happen. Instead he will have to fight a dangerous opponent in Rigondeaux. The advantage that Donaire has in this fight is that he should be able to hit Rigondeaux and hurt him. This will likely be the first time in his career that Rigondeaux will be facing someone with enough power to truly hurt him.
Donaire is just over a 2-1 favorite in boxing odds to win Saturday night’s fight. While it might be tempting to take the underdog Rigondeaux because he is unbeaten, it is hard to see Donaire losing this bout. He has more experience, a stronger chin and he is in the prime of his career.