MANILA – Top Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire will make a return trip to the Big Apple on April 13 when he will face Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba in a unification world super-bantamweight title fight.
Top Rank chief Bob Arum said that the 6,000-capacity Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan in New York will be the venue of one of the most keenly awaited matchups of the year.
“We’ll be coming out with an official announcement very soon,” said Arum who was interviewed by long-distance telephone at the Top Rank headquarters in Las Vegas.[box type=”default” size=”large”] Clash is one of keenly awaited matchups this year [/box]Donaire, who had four smashing victories in 2012, will meet a livewire opponent in Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic and two-time world amateur champion.
Donaire had initially wanted a faceoff with Abner Mares, a Mexican-American who is under the promotional banner of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions (GBP).
But Top Rank and GBP simply could not come to terms, prompting Arum to zero in on Rigondeaux, who is also under contract with him.
Donaire, 30, brings to the ring a 30-1-0 win-loss-draw record with 20 knockouts and the fearsome reputation of a deadly finisher.
Rigondeaux, 32, is obviously undaunted as he is drooling over the prospects of colliding with the Filipino-American puncher.
Meanwhile, Arum said on April 6, he will be staging a fight at the Venetian Hotel in Macau, featuring Top Rank’s newest acquisition, Chinese Olympic legend Zou Shiming.(Manila Bulletin)