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Donaire ‘fitter as featherweight’


Nonito Donaire Jr.

NEW YORK—Without missing a beat, Top Rank big boss Bob Arum said Nonito Donaire Jr. should move up to a heavier division to avoid the trouble of making weight each time he fights.

The most successful boxing promoter of his generation noted that “trouble in making the weight” led to Donaire’s loss to Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux in their world super bantamweight title unification bout Saturday here.

Hardly affected by a 10th-round knockdown, Rigondeaux easily added Donaire’s WBO title to his WBA crown by unanimous decision.

Arum, speaking at ringside at the posh Radio City Music Hall, said Donaire was in sweat shirt still trying to shed pounds hours before the official weigh-in and during the fighters’ meeting Friday.

“He’s got to move up in weight,” Arum told reporters at press box after the fight. “I mean, he apparently blew off the fighters’ meeting with his sweat shirt on and he had to get out and make the weight.”

Donaire, fighting in his fourth weight class, tipped the scales at 121.6 pounds Friday and entered the ring Saturday at 129, his heaviest ever.

In separate interviews, Donaire trainer Robert Garcia and manager Cameron Dunkin said they are inclined to move to 126 for the next fight, probably in early October. The team wants Donaire to have a third fight by December.

“We don’t have any decision yet but it’s something we are looking at,” said Garcia of Donaire’s possible move as a full-pledged featherweight.

Meanwhile, Arum said he didn’t know Donaire has a shoulder injury which the fighter said would require surgery.

“This is the first time I heard about it,” he said.

Arum, also a Rigondeaux co-promoter, said the bout “was not a very engaging fight” since the Cuban kept on running away.

“Rigondeaux has a lot of power, and he has lots of movement and lots of skill,” said Arum. “But he keeps running away. That really will make it a not-watchable fight. It’s not a very pleasing style he has.”

He said he had Donaire ahead on points after that 10th round, when the Filipino Flash floored the Cuban dubbed as the “Jackal.’’

“And then I gave Rigo the 11th and 12, that was the fight. I had a one-point fight. He (Donaire) clearly lost the last two rounds,’’ he added.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Denzel-Boksingero/100003159765441 Denzel Boksingero

    Mayabang kasi! Sobrang yabang ! Walang namang binatbat. Minamaliit nya masyado si Rigondeaux, at feeling nya he is on top of the world kasi wala na si Pacquiao. Nonito is just a punk.

  • pasaway008ako

    He (donaire) has trouble making the weight of 122 pound. On the eve of the fight he was 129 pounds, but then someone siad he should move up to 126 pounds. Is that a right decision?
    A mere excuse to me!

    • pasaway008ako

      He lost to a smart opponent!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brix.villapando Brix Villapando

    I used to think that the one who would beat Donaire is not yet born. I was wrong. Donaire is not a good aggressor, he is more of a defensive fighter. He should study how to be an effective aggressor specially if an opponent hits and runs at the same time like Rigo.

    sadly, the Flash looked like an amateur last Sunday.

    • http://twitter.com/CigarRoadie Panhik Panaog

      He was the aggressor. However, it’s hard to hit someone who moves better and faster than you do by just following him around the ring.

      Team Donaire didn’t have a good game plan against. I don’t have a very good opinion of Garcia’s ability to train and game plan. I really think, and I’ve mentioned this several times, that Nonito won all those fights in spite of Garcia.

  • darsmith

    Move-on ND, no need for a rematch with Rigo. I’m pretty sure that the Cuban will be the one chasing ND once the latter moves up to featherweight. Even Arum is dissatisfied with Rigo’s style which certainly will not sell in the pros. Audience don’t find appealing a boxer who runs most of the time.

  • juan_luisjr

    No less than the trainer of juan Marquez, si Mr. Berestain predicted that Rigondeaux would defeat Donaire because of his fast amateur experience. Tama siya Mr. Berestain. Rigondeaux exposed noniot’s weaknesses. Nonito is a very good boxer and his achievements are no small time achievements but to be paired with the best, he still has many rawness in his arsenal. I understand from fight reports that he didn’t train that hard also and had a hard time making weight. He really lost

  • slim6744

    I wasn’t surprised that GUILLERMO would go the distance with DONAIRE, because he is a DEFENSIVE fighter, otherwise known as “THE TECHNICIAN”. DONAIRE would have HAD to chase him throughout the twelve rounds. And THAT takes effort and needed ENERGY. Meanwhile…..you are getting HIT, and giving away POINTS.

    GUILLERMO is FAST and NIMBLE, and he knows how to fight and MOVE. DONAIRE is a very good fighter, and if he REALLY had trouble making weight, then….he had to have BEEN TIRED at the start of the HEAT….trying to LOSE weight. It takes a lot out of you.

    He DROPPED GUILLERMO in the tenth….because he KNEW he was LOSING…….and it was an act of DESPERATION but it wasn’t enough. Throughout the tenth and Eleventh rounds, HE HAD NOTING ELSE LEFT.He appeared TIRED. And…that’s bad when you are fighting for your life.

    I like DONAIRE…but I frequently saw him as rather CONCEITED, and SELF-CENTERED. When he fought VASQUEZ, he won on DECISION…….but his RIGHT EYE was badly MAULED. I recommend a CHANGE of BOXING STYLE……more like GUILLERMO’S style.

    A few days before the fight, during TRAINING……he invited the MEDIA, which I think was a MISTAKE……as it became TOO MUCH……of a DISTRACTION. You can’t train PROPERLY, when you use that TRAINING….TO “SHOW OFF”: your skills. If he was doing that to “sell tickets”….THAT’S not his job…….it’s the promoter’s job to sell tickets.

    In BOXING…you DON’T GET PAID to TRAIN……..you get paid to WIN…….IN THE RING AFTER that final bell..

    • http://www.facebook.com/rudy.isaguirre.7 Rudy Isaguirre

      I agree with you that inviting the media to show off is a very grave mistake during training. It gives the opponent the chance to study your style and strategies ! furthermore, Donaire was over confident and underestimated Rigo’s abilities as a fighter. A good lesson to remember.. do not take anybody for granted !

      • slim6744

        Thanks for your INPUT….Rudy…..But, I say that “inviting the Media” to show off your skills or “being a show off” was a mistake. When you train for a CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT…..it should be PRIVATE…..and I mean….PRIVATE!

        Not so much to give your opponent an “insight” into your skills…….but MOST IMPORTANTLY….the fighter is SUBJECTED…to DISTRACTIONS, CATCALLS, BOOS, and UNNEEDED ATTENTIONS from UNWANTED INDIVIDUALS.

        There really is NOTHING…..to “show off”….you either “have it” or you don’t. The way to prove that is to WIN….at the end of that FINAL BELL!

        That’s what a fighter is PAID for!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=767982837 Basang Sisiw

    Rigo inteligenlty defeated Nonito in real sweet science of sports. he fought low and far with blazing speed.

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    Rigo inteligenlty defeated Nonito in real sweet science of sports

  • http://www.facebook.com/leo.paradiang Leo T. Paradiang

    Donaire lost to RUN-gondeaux – kung Marathon sana yon!!!
    Pero di ba boxing sana yon?!

    90% running at only 10% boxing lang ang ginawa ni RUN-gondeaux.
    D judges shouldn’t have rewarded a coward points for running away and refusing to engage. It’s obvious that d judges there are jealous of Filipinos for lording it over d boxing world for d past few yrs. First was Pacquiao’s astounding defeat to Bradley according to the 3 BLIND judges. Now, Nonito’s fate was no longer a mystery to us… Next time Nonito knock him out. RUN-gondeaux doesn’t deserve to be a champion as it was clear he had dirty tactics – at least 2 low blows plus holding Nonito numerous times.
    I doubt if the Cubans were proud of what their boy did…

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