Shields Thinks Rigondeaux Will Be Too Strong For Donaire

by Chris Robinson

San Antonio, Texas - Later tonight, the man considered one of the world’s finest talents, Nonito Donaire, with face off with Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. for the vacant WBO junior featherweight crown. Donaire meets the brash Puerto Rican inside of the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas in an HBO-televised showcase that could serve as a springboard to a great 2012 for the charismatic Fil-Am star.

And while the once-beaten Vazquez is still a threat given his size and power, people have already begun to speculate about Donaire’s next move. The most attractive opponent at the moment seems to be two-time Cuban gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux, fresh off of his 6th round knockout over Rico Ramos last month at the Palms Resort in Las Vegas.

Rigondeaux would register knockdowns in round one and six against Ramos as he captured his first professional belt, the WBA junior featherweight crown, and is a danger to anyone given his great ring awareness, savvy, and deadly counter-punching ability.

Rigondeaux’s former trainer Ronnie Shields was able to take in his performance against Ramos and seems to understand exactly while his ex-pupil fights the way he does. Speaking from the Donaire-Vazquez official weigh-in at the Alamodome, Shields shared his thoughts with me.

“I thought he fought a good fight,” Shields explained. “I would have liked to see him get a little bit busier earlier, I think he could have got him out of there earlier. But he fights the way he fights and he does it in his own way.”

Shields had been working closely with Rigondeaux in his Houston, Texas bases and it was a surprise to see the talented fighter part ways and shift his camp down to South Florida for the Ramos showdown. Rigondeaux’s conditioning coach DJ Montanocordoba had explained to me that it was because Shields was running too busy of a schedule with his stable of fighters but Ronnie quickly refuted such claims.

“There was a lot of different things,” said Shields. “I’m always busy, which is true, but I always have time for every fighter that I work with. So it was more of a conflict with him and management as far as him coming down to Houston and paying for his own camps. That’s really what was the real deal.”

Shields was asked for his take on tonight’s Donaire-Vazquez bout and couldn’t seem to pick a clear winner, only noting that he expects a great fight.

But when it comes to a possible Donaire-Rigondeaux attraction, Shields seems to have a definite feel for the outcome.

“I think Rigondeaux is too strong for him, absolutely,” said Shields. “He’s never fought a guy like Rigondeaux. Rigondeaux is a really great fighter and you know what? He makes everybody fight the way he fights. And look, he’s just too strong for Donaire, I believe.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cubanborn87 on 02-05-2012

Donaire dun want it rigo would destroy him

Comment by {Pito} on 02-05-2012

Throws it that way on purpose so when you come in he counters with his left and right hook. Like I said, it's only when he cares to open up he's incredible, check out fights of him against other southpaws…

Comment by kiaba360 on 02-04-2012

[QUOTE=Illdil;11745521]The Guy is extremly Left handed.the not seen the guy throw a real right hand at all bro.idk maybe he might work on it more cuz to me the guy throws that left over and over again he needs that…

Comment by definido7 on 02-04-2012

rigondeaux does everything good hes a super star in every aspect of boxing and i know nonito he dont wanna fight rigondeaux, rigondeaux is the best 122 in the worldddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd:boxing:

Comment by Illdil on 02-04-2012

[QUOTE=-PITO-;11745234]Have you seen any of rigondeaux's amateur fights well? Or any other pro fights? His right hook is ridiculous. Who else here knows that Rigondeaux is right handed? Is that not common knowledge? The thing with Rigondeaux is that he…

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