Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs) will face Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs) on Saturday, April 13 in a highly anticipated junior featherweight unification bout. On paper, this is one of the most intriguing matchups that can be made in the sport of boxing and one that fight fans can’t wait to watch. Donaire and Rigondeaux are likely to engage in a high-intensity bout that warrants the big stage of Radio City Music Hall.
Nonito Donaire comes into the bout as one of the hottest fighters in boxing.
In 2012, he was named RingTV.com’s Fighter of the Year, dominantly defeating four high-caliber opponents. Donaire is also backed by one of the best trainers in boxing, Robert Garcia.
While not the high profile professional fighter that Donaire is, Guillermo Rigondeaux is often regarded as one of the greatest amateur boxers of all-time. The 32-year old Rigondeaux is fighting not only to unify the titles, but also to justify leaving his family in a dramatic departure from Cuba in 2009.
After only eleven professional fights, is El Chacal ready for his big shot against Donaire, who is one of boxing’s top five pound-for-pound fighters? Read on as I breakdown the fighters in five key categories and see who has the advantage going into Saturday night’s junior featherweight bout.