Donaire wants Rigondeaux rematch next
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 17, 2015 05:46 PM
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Just a week ago, Nonito Donaire got himself back to world champion status after winning the WBO super-bantamweight title against Mexico’s Cesar Juarez in Puerto Rico.
It was the same title that “The Filipino Flash” dropped to Cuban boxing sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux in 2013. The said fight also marked Donaire’s first loss in 12 years.
Now that he has the title back, Donaire is expecting to have a target on his back, from challengers who are also aiming to move up the ladder. In an interview with ABS-CBN Sports, the 33-year old boxer revealed that while there are a few names on the short list, he still wants another crack at Rigondeaux.
“Definitely. That, in itself is mentioned, and that’s the fight I want,” Donaire said. “But usually it’s the promoters that make it happen.”
“El Chacal” currently holds an unblemished 16-0 slate (with ten victories by knockout), but was recently stripped of the said WBO title due to inactivity. While nothing has been set in stone, Donaire believes that the outcome would turn out to be more favorable for him, if the rematch does happen.
“I’m ready for it, I got the belt,” Donaire said. “If he wants to take it back, he can try to do it again. But I doubt it will be the same outcome.”