There are respected boxing experts who have gone as far as to say that three-time amateur world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo ‘El Chacal’ Rigondeaux is the greatest amateur boxer in boxing history. Now the reigning WBA world super bantamweight champion, Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs) says a win over WBO world jr. featherweight champion Nonito ‘Filipino Flash’ Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs) tonight would trump all his previous achievements.
“Beating Nonito would be beating the best in the division,” commented Rigondeaux on his unification clash at the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York City. “I have great respect for Nonito and I think he is a great fighter. Beating him would be a great accomplishment in itself. If we beat him we can say we are true professionals. He can stop talking about me as an amateur. A win absolutely would be a bigger accomplishment than the Gold Medals.”
Donaire says he wasn’t always impressed with Rigondeaux, who won the interim title in only his seventh professional fight against Ricardo Cordoba. It was a split decision where both fighters scored knockdowns.
“In the beginning when I followed Rigondeaux, I wasn’t impressed with the Ricardo Cordoba fight,” said Donaire. “But the more that I watched him fight I realized he is more worthy of it. But first things first, I wanted to go Abner Mares first then Rigondeaux but that fight didn’t happen and now that I have been watching Rigondeaux the more formidable I see him. I am seeing that he is a really tough guy. Not only does he have speed and power but he does well mentally so I am really excited about the fight.”
Rigondeaux admits Donaire is a step up in competition. “His record speaks for itself and what he has done as a professional boxer. I believe that I belong at this level and if I am going to be the best, I believe you’ve got to beat the best. Right now Nonito is the best and on April 13 I am going to give it my all.”