Donaire Eyes Arce, Calls Bullsh*t on Rigondeaux's Claim

By Ryan Burton

WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire is less than two weeks ago from his unification bout against IBF champion Jeffrey Mathebula.

While Donaire insists that he is 100% focused on Mathebula, he knows that bigger fights lie ahead. On a recent edition of The Boxing Lab,'s official audio show, I asked Donaire if he was interested in facing the like of Jorge Arce and Guillermo Rigondeaux.

"I do want to face both guys. Arce and I are overdue. That fight should have happened a couple years ago," stated Donaire. 

"If that (fight) doesn't happen the guy I want would be Rigondeaux. He has a belt and I want it. He's proven as an amateur but not as a pro. The same with Mathebula, he has a belt and I want it too," he continued.

A few days before his dominating knockout victory over Teon Kennedy, Rigondeaux told BoxingScene that all of the big names in the division (including Donaire) are afraid to face him. Donaire disagreed with the Cuban's opinion.

"I don't cuss much but I gotta call, 'bullsh*t'. Yes he accomplished a lot in the amateurs but not as a pro. You won that belt but you had problems with that tall guy (Ricardo Cordoba) on HBO. I have no problem fighting him," Donaire revealed.

You can listen to the interview in its entirety here:

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by chubano on 06-27-2012

Good for Nonito calling Rigo after, one, two, three years, at least is something, ha ha, I still have to see it. Clarification, Rigo is the best boxer in the history of the olimpic boxing, no body has more titles…

Comment by tranquilo on 06-27-2012

He's 30 already? Damn

Comment by CHOWWOKKA on 06-27-2012

[QUOTE=DeadLikeMe;12285532]Really I say Donaire should go for all the money fights he can. He is almost 30 and fights in divisions that are pretty much irrelevant. If people are counting on Donaire to be a PPV star or even a…

Comment by definido7 on 06-27-2012

donaire needs to stop talking **** about rigondeaux esxperience who the **** does he think he is he aint beat nobody that good and rigondeaux is alot better than all the other boxers including donaire too...........................

Comment by Kagami Taiga on 06-27-2012

[QUOTE=Light_Speed;12285439]I don't think Darchi was in the top 10 but wouldn't surprise me if he was. And yeah if you look closely at Donaire's resume it's a lot deeper than people think. And this fight has a good chance of…

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