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Rigondeaux Jabs Donaire: I am The Champion at 122!

By Ryan Burton
 
Newly crowned WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux appeared on BoxingScene.com's official audio show, The Boxing Lab, to talk about last Friday's knockout victory over Rico Ramos and also to discuss a few potential future fights.
 
After defeating Ramos, Rigondeaux said on the ShoBox telecast that he wanted to face Nonito Donaire.  The Filipino Flash faces Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. on February 4th for the vacant WBO super bantamweight title.  When I asked Rigondeaux if Donaire is the fight that he wants the most he responded by saying - "I would love to fight Donaire.  That is the fight I want.  The promoters just have to come to an agreement and they are working towards making that fight happen."
 
Both fighters are promoted by Top Rank (Rigondeaux is also co-promoted by Caribe Promotions) so theoretically the fight could happen.  BoxingScene recently ran a story by Ryan Maquinana in which Donaire's trainer Robert Garcia dismissed Rigondeaux as a possible opponent for Donaire.  Garcia feels that there are bigger names out there that would make more sense for Donaire to fight. The Cuban feels that Garcia is just making excuses in order to avoid making the fight happen.

"They are just going around in circles.  I want the fight but it looks like they don't want the fight.  Stop the excuses and lets just make the fight," stated Rigondeaux.  "I am the champ at 122 pounds.  Nonito says he doesn't know me but he should know me.  I am the champ in the division," he continued.
 
Rigondeaux said that regardless of who he fights next that he planned on getting back in the ring soon.  The Miami, FL based fighter only fought once in 2011 and plans on being more active this year.
 
"We are looking at two or three months before I get back in the ring.  We are looking at facing the biggest names out there,"  Rigondeaux told The Boxing Lab.
 
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JM1 on 02-01-2012

[QUOTE=KnockUTheFukOut;11726163]lol Donaire have no say in his career..."HIS WIFE" wears the pants in that family...no disrespect to Donaire, I actually like the guy but...I'M JUST SAYING! kinda weird though that the Champion has to call out the challenger lol :nonono:…

Comment by EdMon917 on 02-01-2012

[QUOTE=PRking718;11729235] I think if Rigo picks up his work rate than he is good. He got enough power. A few more impressive wins should seal a good fight for him but now it is too soon to be talking Donaire.…

Comment by PRking718 on 02-01-2012

Rigo I love my Cubano cousins and you remind me of Calderon from PR. They called him the best, and by them I mean boxing analysts like Dan Rafael and guys like that, defensive fighter in the game besides Floyd,…

Comment by puga on 01-31-2012

no rigo, youre ONE of the champions...you are not THE champion...

Comment by garfios on 01-31-2012

[QUOTE=Filo;11727893]I'm not talking about titles. All they do is collect dust.It's all business and money.Rigo hasn't done **** to deserve a slice of the pie.He has no rights to call the shots. Guys, like Pacquiao, Marquez, Morales and Barrera and…

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