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HBO's Lampley Thinks Nonito Donaire Will Top Rigondeaux

by David P. Greisman

Jim Lampley will be ringside at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 13 to call the unification bout between 122-pound titleholders Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux.

It is a fight that HBO’s highly respected blow-by-blow announcer feels will end with Donaire as the victor.

“I have to go with Donaire: greater experience and flexibility,” Lampley said Tuesday afternoon during a chat hosted on HBO.com. “There's a tremendous challenge to Donaire in this fight. They're both classic counter punchers, and neither really wants to take the lead.

“The person who is selling tickets, and whose reputation is on the line is Donaire. So, Donaire will have to lead,” Lampley said. “He has no choice other than to vary his natural style. Rigondeaux will be willing to stand back and wait for Donaire to lead. That's a big risk, but I think Donaire is good enough to manage that risk and win the fight.”

Donaire, 30, moved up to junior featherweight last year, winning four bouts in that division in the span of 10 and a half months, picking up two world titles (and vacating one), earning recognition as the No. 1 fighter at 122 pounds and winning the “Fighter of the Year” award from the Boxing Writers Association of America.

He is now 31-1 with 20 knockouts, but he faces in Rigondeaux an acclaimed amateur who won gold medals in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. The 32-year-old Cuban is undefeated through 11 fights as a pro, has knocked out eight of his foes, and also holds a world title.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Angelo89 on 04-04-2013

[QUOTE=Ringlife;13210650]This should be a good fight I think Donaire going to win too Lamps.[/QUOTE] It's not going to be a good fight, it's going to be a [B]GREAT FIGHT[/B]. Both fighters have absolutely hatred for each other and like what…

Comment by Ringlife on 04-04-2013

This should be a good fight I think Donaire going to win too Lamps.

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 04-03-2013

Lampley was propably gonna be bias in his commentary anyway but all this does is open himself to criticism even further. Now on fight night everyone will DEFINITELY listen for his biasness. [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from Boxingscene.com App for Android[/I][/SIZE]

Comment by richardt on 04-03-2013

[QUOTE=Samsrealtor;13207224]I a lot of people will be surprise if Rigondeaux win the fight andif Rigo can avoid that left hook, Nonito is finish. Rigondeaux by TKO or easy outbox, another option is a big robbery[/QUOTE]Another option is that Nonito wins…

Comment by ddangerous on 04-03-2013

[QUOTE=Russian Crushin;13207007]Rigo has been on HBO in 4 of his last 5, he is an "HBO fighter"[/QUOTE] This. In this situation, Lampley is just calling it like he sees it. Calling it like I see it as well, actually.

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