Donaire counters better than rivalBy Marc Anthony Reyes
Philippine Daily Inquirer
It will be a fight between counterpunchers when Nonito Donaire Jr. squares off with Guillermo Rigondeaux in their unification clash for the world super bantamweight title on April 13 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Taking time from his rigid training in San Carlos, California, the WBO champion Donaire told website Boxingscene.com that the Cuban Olympic double-gold winner, the WBA titlist, is an efficient counterpuncher.
“I think that he’s a pure counterpuncher,” Donaire, 31-1-0 with 20 knockouts, told the website. “If he gets aggressive, that’s when it gets dangerous for him. I’m a counterpuncher too. But I think I’m a better counterpuncher than he is.”
Rigondeaux owns an 11-0 record with eight KOS as a pro after a stellar career in the amateur ranks.
Listed at 5-foot-4½, Rigondeaux also boasts a finesse fighting style with stinging shots in his armory.
But Donaire is expected to pull a lot of other things from his bag of tricks on fight night.
“It’s going to be a tactical game plan,” Donaire was quoted as saying. “But I’m going to make the fight as exciting as I can.”