Boxing News: Rigondeaux Wants to Dominate Nonito Donaire; Gamboa Wants Rios Now
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Nonito Donaire (27-1, 18 KO) and Brandon Rios (29-0-1, 22 KO) have targets on their backs as Cuban boxers Guillermo Rigondeaux (9-0, 7 KO) and Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KO) set out to destroy them.
Donaire is the former WBC and WBO bantamweight (118 lbs) world champion and budding boxing superstar who moves up to Rigondeaux's weight division of super bantamweight (122 lbs) in February.
Donaire has already stated how he wouldn't fight Rigondeaux because he says his style is boring and Rigondeaux has fired back with death threats. According to Boxing Scene, Rigondeaux said the following:
"If he doesn't want a Narvaez fight, I will agree to a 15-foot ring. This guy is not a real man, he's a traitor to Top Rank. Stop hiding behind your manager and your wife. I'm ready to fight in the summer. If Top Rank allows me to get a fight with this traitor, I will put him to sleep. After I get done with this traitor, he'll be shooting pictures permanently."
The reference to Donaire shooting pictures is a reference to his hobby of photography. Rigondeaux also referenced Donaire's heavily criticized previous opponent Omar Narvaez (35-1-2, 19 KO).
Narvaez opted for a defense that made sure he wasn't knocked out vs. an actual effort to win against Donaire resulting in what was widely considering a boring display.
Rigondeaux isn't the only Cuban calling out a fellow Top Rank fighter. Gamboa, an Olympic gold medalist like Rigondeaux, wants to move up to face popular Mexican fighter Rios immediately.
Which fight are you more interested in?
Top Rank boss Bob Arum originally wanted Gamboa, a former featherweight (126 lbs) world champ, and Rios to face different opponents on the same card to hype up a showdown between each other.
That plan fell through. Gamboa wants Rios next despite the fact he would have to leap two weight classes to meet Rios at lightweight (135 lbs).
Gamboa said this about the move up in weight:
"I've done that all my life. I became a world champion doing it. I've been up and down in weight all my life. I can go up and I can go down. It really doesn't matter."
Gamboa has previously fought at super featherweight (130 lbs) in 2008 and a few matches at lightweight (135 lbs) in 2007 before settling down in featherweight (126 lbs) from 2009 until now.
Rigondeaux and Gamboa seem determined to become stars against their Top Rank counterparts Donaire and Rios. Whether these fights come to fruition is not known at this time.
What is known as that the calls have been made, now it's time for someone to answer.
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