Junior featherweight contender Kiko Martinez is finally in a position to call the shots in his career after signing with middleweight champ Sergio Martinez’s promotional company and winning the IBF title. He faces mandatory challenger Jeffrey Mathebula on Saturday in Elche, Spain.
Carl Frampton continued his assault on the junior featherweight division with a sixth-round thrashing of Frenchman Jeremy Parodi on Saturday in Belfast. The undefeated Irish star now targets the winner of the Dec. 21 IBF title bout between Kiko Martinez and Jeffrey Mathebula.
HBO’s Jim Lampley on the Florida Commission, judging and Saturday’s Miguel Cotto-Delvin Rodriguez fight: “It is unfair for Florida to be on the griddle for problems that came up in Nevada and California….Now, here they are, basically having to carry water for the whole sport on Saturday night on the subject of judging.”
In accepting his award for Fighter of the Year, an emotional Nonito Donaire spoke of coming a long way since being the “small, frail, asthmatic little boy” of his childhood.
RING junior featherweight champ Nonito Donaire on clash with Guillermo Rigondeaux on Saturday: “When it comes down to the title fights, we’re both aggressive and we can both be offensive guys.”
Former WBC 122-pound titleholder Abner Mares on the Nonito Donaire-Guillermo Rigondeaux junior featherwieght championship bout: “I see Nonito winning by knockout. I estimate a seven-round knockout by Nonito if Rigondeaux doesn’t just run and box all night.”
RING 122-pound champion Nonito Donaire will meet undefeated WBA counterpart Guillermo Rigondeaux in a highly-anticipated clash on April 13 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
Nonito Donaire on vulnerability: “You can be the best guy in a sport or the best athlete or whoever it is. We’re still human, and that’s what it all comes down to is that we’re human.”
Nonito Donaire will face Jorge Arce on Dec. 15, with Guillermo Rigondeaux slated for the undercard at the Toyota Center in Houston.
Unbeaten junior welterweight Brandon Rios is an ambassador for the non-profit organization, Padres Contra El Cancer, or, Parents Against Cancer.
Nonito Donaire on facing Toshiaki Nishioka: “You have to find the fighters who can challenge you and who will put you at risk. You put yourself at risk of losing, at risk of getting hurt, at risk of losing your life. That’s all part of boxing.”
Nonito Donaire will face junior featherweight Toshiaki Nishioka after former lightweight beltholder Brandon Rios makes his junior welterweight debut in a clash of unbeatens with Mike Alvarado on Oct. 13.