Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Team Rigondeaux Deny The Claims of Nonito Donaire

MIAMI - The strength-and-conditioning coach of World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Bantamweight champion Guillermo "El Chacal" Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KOs), D.J. Montanocordoba, vehemently denies Internet reports alleged by Nonito "The Filiipino Flash" Donaire that, after the December 15 HBO show in Houston, Montanocordoba verbally accosted a female member of Donaire's entourage during a heated argument that took place at the Hyatt Hotel.

Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs), the World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion, reportedly searched for Rigondeaux' room and later called there and Montanocordoba's room to address the altercation. Ringondeaux was schedule to fight former world champion Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (48-2, 33 KOs), who failed his medical exam, in the Dec. 15 co-featured bout. Donaire beat Jorge Arce in the main event.

"I just want to clear my name," Montanocordoba said. "I am part of Team Rigondeaux and wouldn't do anything like that. I didn't know anything, if it happened, because I was in my hotel room and not involved. I don't have a problem with Donaire or anybody in his camp. I didn't see them after the fight was over. I'm very mellow. I don't drink or go out clubbing. I concentrate on my job. I talked to a few people in the hotel lobby and went to my room. That's not my style; I don't disrespect people. I was surprised by what Nonito said. I spoke to him that Wednesday and told him how much I respected him for what he's done and that I thought he was good for boxing. He's a great fighter. I respect him and his wife, his trainer, Robert Garcia, and his other coaches. I was totally shocked when I read the report with Donaire accusing me. .

"We'll be on opposite sides when if he fights Rigondeaux. As great a fighter Nonito is, I think Rigondeaux is better, and that nobody can beat him at 122. If Nonito doesn't fight Rigeondeaux, no problem, I can't disrespect him for that, but he can't go around saying he's cleaned-up the division without taking Rigondeaux' title. Hey, I respect every fighter. (Abner) Mares is great, so is (Wilfredo) Vasquez. If Nonito decides to move-up a division, I can respect that but, he has to defeat Rigondeaux to say he's cleaned out the 122-pound division, and I believe he is not capable of beating Rigondeaux. The only way they can prove who is better is by fighting in the ring. I'm confident in my ability but, even if I wasn't working for Rigondeaux, I'd still believe he's the better fighter. And I'm not taking anything away from Donaire by saying that but I believe it and I know Donaire belives it otherwise he would be willing to face Rigondeaux.

"I don't conduct myself that way (Donaire's claim). At the last press conference, I had a direct conversation with Nonito, and I said I admire him and had nothing but respect for him. I've said nothing negative about him. He's has accused me of doing something that I wasn't even present for and I'm still not disrespecting him. Maybe somebody told him a story, he believed it and got angry. It just never happened."

The animosity between Team Rigondeaux and Team Donaire has been building the past year, largely due to Donaire's failure to fight Rigondeaux, something that is rumored to happen in mid-2013.

"Donaire wrongly accused DJ of being abusive to somebody in his entourage," Rigondeaux' manager Gary Hyde added. "I was at the Hyatt Hotel with D.J. and both of us retired to our respective rooms after the show at midnight. The next day, D.J. told me that Donaire had called him but he thought he was dreaming because he was woken from a deep sleep. D.J. definitely wasn't involved in any altercation with Donaire or his people. Team Rigondeaux has respect for Donaire. We don't condone this type of behavior, but we're furious at Donaire for accusing D.J. of this type conduct."

Arguably the greatest amateur boxer of all-time, Rigondeaux is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and seven-time Cuban national champion who also captured a pair of World Championship titles during his incredible 243-4 amateur career.

The multi-talented southpaw, now fighting out of Miami, is rated No. 1 by The Ring Magazine, and Donaire is its super bantamweight/junior lightweight champion.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Frank Ducketts on 12-29-2012

Nonito is going to brutally ko Rigondeaux regardless.

Comment by MTN on 12-29-2012

[QUOTE=Angry Cuban;12867896]I said his quote focking stupid motherfocker..don't focking try to review something if you can't focking go two messages after stupid..ask for Santa to bring you a new brain motherfocker....[/QUOTE] Hahaha u mad?

Comment by Angry Cuban on 12-29-2012

[QUOTE=MTN;12867699]Nowhere does it say [B]contender[/B] in you're quote. Nice try! And how could RING have Gamboa ranked the number 1 contender when there rankings clearly put him at number 4? [url]http://******.craveonline.com/ratings/jr-lightweight[/url] Again, nice cover up. Believe me, Im a huge…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 12-29-2012

Donaire shouldn't make a big deal out of it unless he actually witnessed it, and it doesn't sound like he did. So this sounds like a hype job. He will need to start worrying about specifically Rigo, because he would…

Comment by MTN on 12-29-2012

[QUOTE=Angry Cuban;12867241]He is ranked # 1 @ 130 by the Ring right now...[/QUOTE] Nowhere does it say [B]contender[/B] in you're quote. Nice try! And how could RING have Gamboa ranked the number 1 contender when there rankings clearly put him…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (74)
Top Headlines Klitschko Not Ruling Out Joshua Mentally 'Crumbling Like a Cookie' Porter Questions Thurman's Commitment to Fighting Him Next Broner: Me and Terence Crawford Will Be a Future PPV Fight Anthony Joshua Vows To Stay Calm, Not Go Into Mike Tyson Mode Hearn: Quigg vs. Simion Winner Could Face Lee Selby Next David Benavidez Talks Golovkin Sparring, Medina, Yildirim, More Kevin Lerena To Face Maxim Maslov For IBO Title on August 12 Wladimir Klitschko: Hopefully I Have a Couple of Years Left in Me Bellew: Being Heavyweight Champion is a Realistic Possibility Now! Saunders on Khurtsidze: Puffed Up Danny DeVito Never Beats Me! Joshua vs. Klitschko: Who's Winning the Battle of the Preparation? Nacho Wants Chavez To Use Lara, Mayweather Tactics on Canelo Shakur Stevenson and The Making of The Next Black Superstar Vitali Klitschko Confident Wladimir Will Topple Joshua at Wembley Porter's Coach: 1000% We Can Beat Keith Thurman in Rematch! Martin Murray vs. Gabe Rosado - CompuBox Punch Stats Shawn Porter vs. Andre Berto - CompuBox Punch Stats Imre Szello Stops Toth To Retain WBO Regional Belt in Hungary Pacquiao Aims To Make Statement, Prove He's Still in Top Form Breazeale Ready To Replace Fury - Fight Parker on Late Notice Broner: Somebody Tried to Kill Me, But It's OK; I’m Still Here Pacquiao: I Don't Know Much About Horn, Haven't Seen His Fights Murray on Gabe Rosado's Complaints: I Won The Fight, F*** Him! Team Parker: Hughie Fury Never Wanted To Come To New Zealand Klitschko: Joshua Wants To Be a Billionaire, Must KO Me as Promised Team Fury: Hughie Suffered Lower Back Injury, Not Medically Fit Amir Khan To Keith Thurman: Forget Porter, Fight Me! Kazuto Ioka Shines To Retain WBA Belt, Tapales Wins By TKO Billy Joe Saunders Not Impressed, Vows To Expose Khurtsidze Photos: Oscar Valdez Beats Miguel Marriaga in a Grueling War Photos: Jermell Charlo With BRUTAL Knockout of Charles Hatley Photos: Martin Murray, Gabe Rosado Nearly Brawl Over Scores Photos: Shawn Porter Drops, Mauls Andre Berto For TKO Win Photos: Avtandil Khurtsidze Crushes Tommy Langford in Five Photos: Arthur Abraham Defeats Krasniqi To Secure WBO Shot Billy Joe Saunders vs. Avtandil Khurtsidze on July 8, Copper Box Kevin Lerena vs. Sergio Ramirez at Emperors Palace Anthony Joshua Sees No Reason To Fight in U.S. To Raise Profile Gilberto Ramirez Ready For Golovkin Next: Just Send The Contract! Jermell Charlo: Jarrett Hurd Took My Brother's Title - We Can Unify
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement