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.”
Dougie is asked about his thoughts on this past Saturday’s boxing card from Macau, the Peruvian presence on the most recent Friday Night Fights main event and the terrific action boxing fans have been treated to early this year in this week’s Monday Mailbag. Enjoy!
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.”
RING and WBO junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire weighed in at 121.5 compared to the division limit of 122 for challenger Jorge Arce on Friday.
RING junior featherweight champion Nonito Donaire vows that “no way” will Saturday night’s defense against Jorge Arce go the full 12 rounds.
WBC middleweight titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has looked impressive against sparring partners in preparation for next month’s clash with RING champion Sergio Martinez.
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.
Super middleweight contender Edwin Rodriguez has a big fight with Jason Escalera on Sept. 29 — six years to the day from when his twins, Serena and Edwin Jr., barely survived their premature births.
WBO 122-pound titleholder Nonito Donaire says he wants to unify the junior featherweight division beginning with IBF beltholder Jeffrey Mathebula, who he faces on July 7 in Carson, Calif.
To follow-up his second stoppage of Juan Manuel Lopez, WBO featherweight titleholder Orlando Salido will face Oscar Bravo in a non-title junior lightweight bout on July 28.
Freddie Roach, Alex Ariza and Miguel Diaz have had a rocky relationship in the past, and one of the challenges of this Saturday night will be for the trio to set aside their differences and work together in Manny Pacquiao’s corner.
Nonito Donaire’s blood-soaked hand wrap was not the result of any broken bones, but a vein that ruptured during Saturday night’s victory over Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.